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    FDA to investigate after report exposes euthanasia drug in dog food

    http://cbs12.com/news/nation-world/fda-to-investigate-after-report-exposes-euthanasia-drug-in-dog-food

    One possibility as to how pentobarbital is getting into food? Experts tell us animals that have been euthanized are picked up by renderers who process the carcasses – which may be blended into pet food.

    In a 2004 report to Congress, sources for rendered materials were identified as, among other things, “dead animals from farms, animal shelters and other facilities.”

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    Adulterated ingredients, which are defined partly as: “an animal which has died otherwise than by slaughter,” are illegal in all food for humans and animals.

    Yet in its own compliance policy, the FDA acknowledges it is violating the law and states: “pet food consisting of material from diseased animals or animals which have died otherwise than by slaughter, which is in violation of 402(a)(5) …will be considered fit for animal consumption.”

    “The FDA tells industry ‘Yeah, it’s a violation of law, but go ahead, we’re not going to do anything,’” said Thixton.

     

     

     

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  • Art from Ark (3655 posts)
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    1. Maybe this is the reason why

    my mom’s dog refuses to eat dog food!

    The last time America was run like a business, we ended up with a Great Depression.
    • glinda (2611 posts)
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      2. Please listen to your pets. Please, In the 2007 mass petfood

      poisonings, my 11 pets refused to eat their food but they did at my encouragement. We had 9 affected for life (tumors, cancers, with one having extensive hospitalization for kidney damage)

      I met Susan back then because she was instrumental in providing a place where victims could go to gather info and band together.Up until then we were all on our own, scared and scattered. Our vet bills were around $11000. Settlement was only $4500. Now new law is being advanced that will make it impossible to do Class Action Lawsuits also and exempt bad actors from blame or having to compensate for their actions.

      Feed homemade or highest quality mixes with home made when you can.

      I believe many of issues with all toxic chems is a matter of ‘disposal’. I mean….where are they going to get rid of the drugs in the first place after euthanasia? Feed it to other animals and hope no one notices. Seems to me they do that with everything from pesticides to bad chems they put into everyday products to fracking water. Just to keep their profits up.

      What I learned the hard way is that YOU SHOULD ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOUR PETS.

       

      Animals know more than we do. - Native American proverb
      • Art from Ark (3655 posts)
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        3. I've forwarded your message to my mom.

        I hope she takes it seriously.

        It could also explain why it seems like she’s taking her dog to the vet every few months.

         

        In contrast, I’ve never had to take my cat to the vet in the 10+ years I’ve had her (or she’s had me, as the case may be)

        The last time America was run like a business, we ended up with a Great Depression.
        • glinda (2611 posts)
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          5. If you have a good cat food recipe or source for food pm me.

          We think we have it under control for the dogs with raw from New Zealand and home made but the cats are still an issue.

           

          Animals know more than we do. - Native American proverb
          • Art from Ark (3655 posts)
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            9. I don't have a good cat food recipe per se

            But I vary her diet. Sometimes she prefers kibbles, sometimes she prefers canned food, and sometimes she prefers bonito flakes. Note that all of these foods are made in Japan, so I don’t know how helpful this would be. I did try feeding her some imported (from USA) canned cat food once, but she hated that.

            The last time America was run like a business, we ended up with a Great Depression.
          • LaaDeeDaaVA (4269 posts)
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            13. The food advice from our vet 20+ years ago –

            Although he lost his drawl many, many years ago, our Texas born and raised, Texas A & M vet school grad, has always been folksy, as non-interventionist as circumstances allow, frequently takes a “let’s wait just a bit and see” approach (which was always the best call and worked with our critters) rather than “Surgery!!”,  and tries to keep things simple.

            At the end of 5 day dialysis treatment for our pug’s age induced renal failure, he prescribed a simple home made diet:

            1 pound of brown rice with 1/2 pound of either chopped chicken or aging 93% lean hamburger. Chicken gizzards (yuck) could be thrown in.

            Worked like a charm – no more dialysis, otherwise healthy for his age, and survived, happily, for another 2 1/2 years.

            More recently, when we adopted the beagle mix from the shelter, I asked the good doctor about the 2:1 brown rice/poultry or beef  diet and he said to continue with it, but I should toss in some fish oil, lentils caps, wheat germ, and a multi-vitamin or two because our adoptee was only around two years old.

            For all kinds of dog and cat food recipes, including healthy dog cookies & treats, check Dr. Fox’s site.  His recipes are much more elaborate but can always be adjusted for other factors including breed, age, weight, health issues, etc., and per vet advice.

             http://www.drfoxvet.net/

             

             

             

            Until lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.    African proverb  

               

            • glinda (2611 posts)
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              15. I use Dr. basko’s book for my dogs so am glad for Fox’s link. Forgot about him.

              Animals know more than we do. - Native American proverb
      • athena1 (93 posts)
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        7. They've been looking into this since the 90's.

        “During the 1990s, FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) received reports from veterinarians that pentobarbital, an anesthetizing agent used for dogs and other animals, seemed to be losing its effectiveness in dogs. Based on these reports, CVM officials decided to investigate a plausible theory that the dogs were exposed to pentobarbital through dog food, and that this exposure was making them less responsive to pentobarbital when it was used as a drug.”

        https://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofFoods/CVM/CVMFOIAElectronicReadingRoom/ucm129131.htm

         

        • glinda (2611 posts)
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          10. Yes. They have. They do nothing about it. More drugs=more profits.

          This can come in the form of multiple uses including having sick pets end up at the Vets. Win win for crapola toxin makers. They have the Veterinarians all controlled and sewed up through Laws as well as controlling products and procedures.

          Animals know more than we do. - Native American proverb
          • glinda (2611 posts)
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            12. Oh and the other part to this issue is the bidding of big Ag.

            They can get away with tons of things because dogs and cats, etc…are not actually”pets” even though we call them as such. They are livestock. If animals were declared family or truly pets or sentient, the Ag industry would be faced with having to cease large puppy mills, treat chickens, cows, etc…humanely. This way they do not have to. They do not go up against Monsanto and their buddies.

            Animals know more than we do. - Native American proverb
  • Enthusiast (13207 posts)
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    4. Soylent Green for pets. Can pet food composed of humans be far off?

    I mean, there are profit levels to consider.

    "I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." Thomas Jefferson
    • glinda (2611 posts)
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      6. Probably only if filled with toxins.

      Animals know more than we do. - Native American proverb
  • athena1 (93 posts)
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    8. video

    Scary.

    • glinda (2611 posts)
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      11. But totally true.

      Animals know more than we do. - Native American proverb
  • xloadiex (441 posts)
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    14. This is why I cook

    all my dogs food.  I’m always getting email notices from Dog Food Advisor about recalled food or treats. I received 3 just last week for salmonella tainted products. You’ll usually never hear about these recalls on the news.

    I use to post the recalls on the first JPR. Maybe I should start again.

    My husband use to work down the street from a dog food plant. He said the smell that came from that plant was stomach churning.