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Author Topic: Two years later: What symptoms did you see during and after?  (Read 4079 times)
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« on: March 27, 2009, 03:59:53 PM »

Now that we are two years down the road, I'd like to collect a concise list of the symptoms seen back in 2007, and since, in pets affected by the food recalls.

This is a follow-up to an old thread about symptoms seen during the recall period, when they were trying to figure out what the contaminant was.

http://itchmoforums.com/help-with-my-sick-pet/what-symptoms-are-you-seeing-t4.0.html

(In re-reading the old thread, I noted that in quite a few pets, pancreatitis was being reported.  Interesting.)

Here's my list, based on two cats known to have eaten at least one contaminated food (same lot of same kind eaten tested positive for melamine/CA by another person's vet):

Cat #1:  Weakness, possible dehydration, low energy, sudden-onset stiffness, especially in the spine, lasted about 3 days, in Dec 06.

Cat #2:  Violent repeated vomiting, weakness, shaking, cardiac arrhythmia, unexplained spike in thyroid values in April 07.  The first 3 symptoms resolved within 24 hours, the thyroid in 6 months, the arrhythmia gradually improved over the following 18 months.
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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2009, 08:17:54 PM »

None of our foods were recalled,but symptoms during that period still showed problems with the foods. All but Remy's and Oreo's food sensitivities went away with switch to homemade.
Both cats-frequent hairballs,vomitting,dry fur and diarrhea.
All 3 dogs- thyroids #'s both up & down,vomitting,diarrhea,urine not concentrating,dehydration,bloating and stiffness.
Remy only-liver problems and heart murmer got worse due to severe dehydration.
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2009, 05:45:39 AM »

catbird, do you want symptoms that were seen during the recalls or what we have seen ever since and we believe may have been related to eating the recalled food? (or both?)
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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2009, 02:53:25 PM »

Cats - during the first months of the recall, Tessa crashed with CRF at age 7.5 years old, and same morning Mia would also not eat and was weak.  She turned out to have very low sodium levels and vet said her abdomen was full of liquid stool but no one had diarrhea at the time. 

A month later, a grain-free dry food I fed right at the beginning of the recall was pulled for contamination of the rice protein that was added without the consumers' knowledge.  No lots were given so I couldn't check the bags I had. 

About a month after the recall I took Mickey in for a check because he was drinking a lot of water with a new dry food I tried him on.  His liver enzymes were off but not enough to make him really sick.  They are back to normal now, but it looks like he might have IBD.

Dogs - I had tried to feed the dogs the same brand of food at the same times I fed the cats, canine version, and they ended up with diarrhea.  I thought it was food allergies so they didn't get through much of the bag. 

Conclusion - I suspect I bought "precursor" bags of food with either low doses of the contaminants or single contaminants that didn't hit the kidneys as hard.  Tessa is only 7 lbs so she was most likely the canary in my coal mine. 

I don't think we were just dealing with the big 2, melamine & CA, so we'll never know what health problems are indirectly related to pet food contamination.
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2009, 03:41:17 PM »

Case symptoms for one cat [for one cat of three] (most recognized in hindsight):
Major weight loss (although at time didn't have pet scale), over 2 pounds in about one month.
Drinking increasing amounts of water
Producing increasingly massive amounts of urine, still in the litter box
One morning cat "hard to rouse" on awakening. Seemed rather disoriented but recovered to eat quickly.
Eating progressively smaller amounts.
Intermittent occasional vomiting (not an alarming amount or frequency).
Cat not moving a lot. Started going off to unusual places by herself (like under a desk) to spend parts of day.
Water bowl hunching
One morning flat refusal to eat in a cat who never refused to eat. Which led to vet visit.
Immediate diagnosis of renal failure, followed by two days of IV fluids in hospital, and euthanasia two days later.
{I had never seen renal disease before Cry}
I believe she had a UTI but was the first and only one she ever had and went unrecognized. This cat was only
ten years old. She had been to the vet's in mid-December and was fine at that time. She was exposed to
subsequently recalled food in small amounts {each pouch split 3 ways} (food pouches bought as Christmas "treats")
in December 2006 and early January 2007. She was euthanized in early February 2007 with very high creatinine and BUN
levels.

edited to add: me, too, Trudy, on symptoms for two survivors.



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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2009, 03:54:27 PM »

I can't even bring Myself to talk about it yet. But i will put it down in a few days.
Just all so heartbreaking.
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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2009, 05:51:31 AM »

Cat # 1 - during the recalls had vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, elevated kidney levels.
           - after the recalls, the inability to digest dry food and wet food with fruits & vegetables, vomiting huge amounts of those foods just mentioned, vitamin B12 deficiency, elevated liver enzymes, mast cell tumor.

Cat # 2 - during the recalls had vomiting, loss of appetite, elevated kidney levels.
           - after the recalls elevated kidney levels.
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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2009, 06:50:55 AM »

It's so hard to read these threads.  It's so sad and scary.


I'm wondering for those of you who will be writing, could you also write details like 3catkidneyfailure about mood and behavior?  My cats will some days not have as much appetite as usual, or drink more than usual, but I'm not familiar with measuring various numbers and such.

I just want to be aware of any signs possible.

 Cry  My heart goes out to all of you and your fur/families that had to, or are still, suffering. 
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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2009, 07:13:27 AM »

I can't emphasize enough that I truly believe the symptoms I describe above
were a gradual progression because the food exposure was very limited. It was
not their daily regular diet, which consisted of unrecalled foods. There was also
a can of recalled cat treats, which the first cat was especially fond of, probably the second
one purchased the entire year of 2006. My ignorance in not reacting quicker is what
I have to live with. I just had no idea what I was seeing.
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« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2009, 10:07:38 AM »

Sorry I missed your earlier post, kittylyda.  I'd like people to post both what happened initially, and what they are seeing today in the pets that were affected.  What you have written is exactly the kind of thing I am looking to document.  I suspect that there are many lasting effects besides CRF for the pets who ate the poisoned food.
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« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2009, 01:51:14 PM »

Sorry I missed your earlier post, kittylyda.  I'd like people to post both what happened initially, and what they are seeing today in the pets that were affected.  What you have written is exactly the kind of thing I am looking to document.  I suspect that there are many lasting effects besides CRF for the pets who ate the poisoned food.

No problem, I figured it out.  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2009, 12:24:36 PM »

Sorry, catbird, I didn't catch just the medical facts.
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