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Author Topic: 1st half apology, 2nd half radio show  (Read 5150 times)
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MrsP
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« on: September 17, 2007, 11:16:23 AM »

I wish to apologize to everyone for being a big crybaby!  Harvey (the vet) says we're all suffering from PTSD, compliments of the pet food companies.  He has reason to feel a lot worse than I do.  Kidney failure pets are often anorexic, so the humans are told to force feed them.  It can be a horrible ordeal, because they frequently don't like the special diets.  In that case vets routinely tell you to feed them their favorite food, with a phosphorus binder and potassium supplement.  Basically-continue to poison your pets. 
I will be on the radio again on Thursday and Sunday.  I need to put something together about pet treats.  Harvey is putting together an open letter for me to read.  He and his wife went through several years of records (they still do paper files) looking for renal failure cases.  His is a very small practice.  2 days of small animals and 2 days of large animals.  They found 3 to 4 cases of ARF/CRF per year from 2000-2006, some from toxins such as antifreeze, some for unknown reasons.  So far this year he's seen 12 cases.  7 of the cases involved pets eating recalled food.  Then he multiplied that times 75,000 members of AVMA and got 525,000 animals.  He admits it's not scientific, but could be an underestimate because his practice is small, or maybe it isn't significant at all.  It is, however, very scary.  He believes it's safer to feed homemade.  He is all for pressuring supplement companies to test for as many toxins as possible, metals, microbes, etc.  (My case doesn't count because the food was never recalled.  But she did have melamine in her urine. 2 of my other cats are probably affected.  For a couple of weeks they drank more, urinated more, and had low urine specific gravities.  Not enough damage to show up on any other tests.  The prognosis for them is unknown.)
The good news is a holistic vet, a health food store, an upscale pet accessories store, a chiropractor,  and a service station (owner lost his Yorkie to pet food) will advertise during the show. Randy, the PD found them because the owner was tired of a "public service" show.
Anyway, I am sorry about being a weeping willow.
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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2007, 11:27:01 AM »

MrsP That is exciting news about the second show. I hope it's as overwhelmingly successful as the first. You're lucky to have such a dedicated vet too, helping to get the word out.

I've gotta say that 100% of my cats (2 of them) are CRF. I have lost cats in the past to renal failure as well, and it stuns me that it is so prevalent.

With the dogs, I'm rethinking commercial treats at all. We quickly got off Greenie bones (which they loved) when I looked at what was in them (grains, plastic, preservatives), not to mention the stories of dogs choking on these things. We basically just do dried liver now (for training and incentive) and the odd locally-baked pet cookie or a marrow bone to clean their teeth.

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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2007, 11:38:01 AM »

MrsP,
For what it's worth, I definitely do not think of you as a weeping willow!  You are a strong, brave woman who has been willing to re-tell one of her worst nightmares (the death of LadyCat and the poisoning of hundreds of thousands) over and over again in order to help others and try to bring about change.

I also think most of us here have PTSD in one form or another.  (My cats ate and vomited the same food that you posted had harmed LadyCat; I'm constantly worried about long-term effects.  And they are still selling the stuff!)

Thanks for the update about the next show and go get 'em!  You are doing great things.
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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2007, 11:59:33 AM »

Mrs P --You are so right----PTSD ----and you are right about the anorexia with renal failure---before the recall announcement on March 16 I was force feeding the poison to my sick cat and feeding still the poison to my 'Not Yet ARF" cat!  My vet had said feed that cat however you can as it's a bad thing to have a cat not eat on their own.  Little did I know what I was doing!!!!! My vet did not suspect the food as he hadn't had another sick cat before mine but when my second cat also got acute renal failure we knew something wasn't right somewhere!  He only had my 2 cats as vicitms with ARF so it wasn't crystal clear until the 6th day my cat was in the hospital and we all said ahh-ha together..............
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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2007, 12:39:27 PM »

MrsP IMHO you owe no one an apology. You and Harvey have done a tremendous job, please keep up the good work!!
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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2007, 12:42:12 PM »

Mrs. P, you have absolutely nothing to apologize for!  You are a voice speaking for so many of us.  Your vet and his wife did a fantastic thing when they went back over their records...and yes, what they came up with could mean nothing due to it being a small practice in the number of small animals seen over the time period.  On the other hand what they found could be the proverbial tiny tip of the iceberg.  I appreciate the way it has been stated, and I so hope that other animal hospitals might search their own records and report statistics.  Just from observation among the people I know something definitely went terribly wrong this last year in the much loved and best cared for housecat family members.  The dog population fared much better but did not escape illness and in some cases death either.  As for PTSD, it's that and more.  Don't most of us still feel a bit as if we're in a war zone?  The trauma is not something we can put behind us, saying it is over and now the healing can begin.  The closest to safe we can get is home cooked meals.  It is difficult to become an overnight expert in how to do that correctly.  Adding supplements to the home cooked food brings about yet but more worries for safety.  So we are at once questioning ingredients in our pets' commercial food while at the same time perhaps home cooking and improving on that as time goes along.  Since all of us have responsibilities outside the issue of mealtime, this means finding more time in each day one way or another.  Usually that time is found in giving up some recreation and sleep as well.  Stress hormone levels rise.  Our dogs and cats sense that immediately.  It's not a healthy way to live.

Thank you for all of your own time and effort to bring our own voices to the radio waves.  You are getting the issue in front of more and more of the public.  It's terrific to see sponsors stepping up for this program!  I want to listen and call in if possible.
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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2007, 02:08:31 PM »

Let me add my voice to those saying you have absolutely nothing to apologize for.
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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2007, 04:20:13 PM »

I also agree with everyone else, MrsP, you have NOTHING to apologize for. You're a hero the likes of which the rest of us only wish we could be. Please don't get discouraged, and please keep up the absolutely excellent work.
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« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2007, 08:40:41 PM »

MrsP I second Eric and also please ask you to not be discouraged - we are all behind the tremendous effort you are making in doing this to help so many out there who have no clue and to enlighten them.
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« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2007, 11:04:50 AM »

Time to get back to work for the radio tomorrow. Pet food, pet treats, pet toys.  Pretty much the FDA has washed their hands of overseeing pet food and treats. That creature (Nord) of CPSC finds product safety a joke.  So we are talking about what amounts to a self-regulated industry driven by the immediacy of quarterly profits.  We can't even be sure about what all the toxins are out there.  Remeber the 5th redacted ingredient? I keep thinking it's gone over better than the RI forum because people can listen to the radio at home and at work.  I hope the interest is still there.  Call me cynical, but these corporations to not exist to sell us things cheap and healthy, they exist to make money.  And the regulatory agencies exist to protect them.  Any one with ideas, please post.
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« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2007, 06:15:29 PM »

MrsP As long as corporations are that short-sighted in their greed, we'll continue to vote with our wallets and get the word out. It will be a slow process, but we will make a difference. It won't be the first time a few passionate people did that.
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« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2007, 06:19:08 PM »

MrsP E. Hamilton is trying to reach you so hopefully she has by now. Something to do with the BBC and class-action suits for pet food. She has a topic from Sept. 13th looking for people in the class-action suits as that is what the BBC is wanting for a film I believe. Hopefully you two can connect. She has lost a lot of pets due to the food so wants to get things done also regarding the pet food mfrs.
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