Our expert says:
I do share your conncerns. It is very unfortunate when toxicoses occur especially when initially the toxin is unknown. As I mentioned last week one can only rule out a toxin if you test for it specifically. When the recent problems began, the signs seen were those of acute kidney failure and the crystals found in urine were not immediately recognisable. Fortunately further tests were performed that lead to the presence of melamine being found and the source narrowed to ingredients sourced in China. The pet food manufacturers have been asked by the South African Veterinary Association to ensure that all ingredients are now tested for melamine.
Just as there are periodic food toxicoses in man (Ecoli and Salmonella cause sporadic "out breaks" of food poisoning) there have been periodic problems with pet food. For the sake of our pets we hope that these are very few and far between!
As I also mentioned last week, millions of dollars/pounds are spent in developing foods that are extremely beneficial to our pets. It is even possible that the Eukanuba that your pet eats is one that has been formulated to help those pets with bowel conditions.
My condolences to all those who have suffered the loss of a dear pet recently and wishing those pets that have renal problems now a speedy recovery.
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