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Question: If your pet died due to contaminated food, was it on an antibiotic or fungicide not long before it died?
Cat - Yes - 4 (44.4%)
Cat - No - 2 (22.2%)
Dog - Yes - 2 (22.2%)
Dog - No - 1 (11.1%)
Total Voters: 8

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Author Topic: Antibiotics, Fungicides and Death Due to Contaminated Food  (Read 3953 times)
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« on: April 27, 2007, 10:46:18 PM »


Was your pet taking an antibiotic or fungicide shortly before death? On 04-27-2007 the University of Guelph determined that cyanuric acid and melamine, when combined, cause a toxic reaction.

In my research I discovered that some pharmaceuticals use cyanuric acid in some antibiotics and fungicides. Could either of these types of drugs have hastened your pet's death? I don't know. But I'd like to survey those whose pets died to find out.

Whether or not your pet was on antibiotics or fungicides for all or part of the last 90 days of its life, please answer as applicable below. 

I do not know which drugs do contain cyanuric acid, but I'd like to see if there is a relationship to their deaths. If cyanuric acid was contained in the drug's composition, perhaps it was enough to cause a lethal chemical reaction with the tainted food and thus raise the toxicity level. It's just a far out question.........and then again, maybe not.

The poll states that you may select up to four options. This is a system error. Please select only one option for each pet. I have set the poll up so that each person may create a separate entry for each pet, click on "Submit Vote," and then make the selection for the next pet, click on "Submit Vote," etc. You may vote a total of ten times [up to ten pets].

For each animal please check the correct response. Remember, I also want to hear from those whose pets were NOT taking an antibiotic or fungicide, as well.

This poll won't allow me to survey, so if you will, in addition to responding to the poll, please post a message that tells me:
     ~  The age [in years] of your pet.
     ~  Whether cat or dog.
     ~  Yes/No [Taking either antibiotics or fungicides]
     ~  Name of the antibiotic or fungicide your pet was taking

 Thanks so much. I hope we can learn something.


« Last Edit: April 27, 2007, 10:59:07 PM by Lynn » Logged
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2007, 11:18:17 PM »

Sandra on provided this information:

Cat, age 16, on Zenequin.

Lynn's notes: Zenequin is a veterinary broad-spectrum bactericidal in the quinolone family, which is derived from the nalidixic acid family [used in treating urinary tract infections, caused for example by Escherichia coli, Proteus, shigella, Enterobacter and Klebsiella].
lola and sasha mom
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2007, 12:46:49 PM »


 I have two yellow labs -full blooded sisters- aged 2 and 1 who are fed identical food.  Had some Nutro Ultra wet food.  The younger one ended up with kidney failure, the older did not.   The younger one had had stitches two weeks earlier (had split her chin on a stone wall) and had been given antibiotics intervenously at the hospital.   I will check to find out which antibiotic she was given.

I did not answer your poll because, happily for me, she recovered after weekend in hospital on IV fluids.  However, this may explain why the younger one got sick when her sister did not!

Thanks for pursuing this very intelligent idea.   I wish you worked for FDA.
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2007, 01:47:08 PM »

12+ years
Amoxicillin--50 mg.

Tiffany was a healthy cat, but in November 2006 I noticed she started to pull fur off her leg.  The vet thought it was an allergy of some sort so she was given these drugs for 10 days. She got better, then in late December she was pulling more fur, she was put back on these drugs for 14 days and vet said she needed to have her teeth cleaned after the holidays, in Feb.2007 she had her teeth cleaned, the vet noticed she had a large ulcer on her tongue. He put her back on these drugs for 24 days. On march 17 she was buried in my rose garden.
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2007, 02:15:34 PM »

My Shetland Sheepdog, age 7, became severely ill with pancreatitis and liver failure while eating Science Diet RD dry dog food (not recalled). He did not die but was hospitalized on IV for 9 days. In the weeks preceding his illness he was given Flagyl, an antibiotic, for intestinal upset. Whether or not this belongs in your survey data is anyone's guess but I thought I'd pass the information along. Great research and survey!
« Last Edit: April 28, 2007, 02:30:25 PM by lin52 » Logged
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2007, 03:13:43 PM »

My cat Zoey is a female domestic short hair 3 1/2 years old.
She had a blade of grass under her eye lid that had to be removed by the vet a few weeks ago and I was giving her a triple antibiotic eye ointment for 1 week.

Then I noticed that she as having trouble peeing ( staying in the box a long time with little or none coming out) so i watched her carefully for 2 days and it didn't get better. Thought maybe she had a urinary tract infection so i started her on 100mg Amoxicillan. I only had given her 2 doses and as going to bring her to the vet just in case when she didn't show up to come in that night. That was Tuesday April 24 and it is now Sat April 28th.  This is very unusual for her so I am fearing the worst. To top it off,  we were considering ourselves very lucky that none of the food we were feeding our cats and dogs was on any recall list. NOW I find out our dog food from Costco (Kirkland Signiture Lamb & Chicken & Rice canned) IS on the list and that Zoey would eat out of their dishes sometimes!

I as probably stupid to give her the antibiotics...should have just brought her in but then I figured that is what they would have done anyway.   Maybe there is a connection. Thank you for reseaching this.

Update: 4/29  Zoey showed up this afternoon. Smiley Very hungrey but OK. Going to keep a close eye on her tonight and visit the vet tomorrow..just in case.
« Last Edit: April 29, 2007, 09:38:47 PM by Keryat » Logged
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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2007, 06:46:43 PM »

Thank you all for your support and for answering the poll and survey.

Just so you know - I am not a chemist. Just someone passionate about animals and someone who wants to get to the bottom of this.

No, it doesn't bring our precious pets back. But sometimes just understanding WHY helps the healing process.

So please add your information to the poll at the top of this page. Thanks.

« Last Edit: April 28, 2007, 11:52:14 PM by Lynn » Logged
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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2007, 05:16:56 AM »

Makenzie, 11 years, Dog

Medications: Rimadyl (Carprofen) 50 mg x 2/day (anti-inflammatory)
                  Ammoxicillen 500 mg x 2/day
                  Tramadol 50 mg x 2 as needed 8 -12 hrs for pain

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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2007, 12:01:43 PM »

Hi Lynn,

          Dog, 6 year old Springer Spaniel, eating Nutro Natural Choice Lamb & Rice, died 4/11/07
          Aug. 2006   Doxycycline (6 wk course)
          Dec. 2006    Clavamox - 2x/day - 2 weeks
                              Doxycycline (6 wk course)
                               Shot of penicillin (have to check records for exact name if you need it)
           Feb 2007       Shot of penicillin (same as above) WBC a little high

           I think now that the food had some type of fungus or mold.  We thought he had Lyme disease, that's why the 6-wk doxycycline, but it probably helped him live longer.   

...he will be our friend for always and always and always.
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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2007, 12:10:26 PM »

Lynn here is possible another survey  i read on this website that heartguard was being investigated also along with pillpocket which make Greenies, because of reported deaths form their product to take
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« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2007, 07:46:50 PM »

I have an 11 yr old golden retriever who showed all the symptoms. Her food has not been recalled, but the veternarian is sure she ate contaminated food. She never had abnormal kidney chems prior to this. She was on the following medications :
                                     Prednisone 5 mg
                                     Chlopheniramine 4mg - thought she had a food allergy

Something we have noticed after she was taken off of food and put on home cooked meals, GI upset and now getting Pepcid. We are wondering if stomach acid + cyanuric acid / melamine irritates or ulcerates stomach or intestinal lining.

Thank you for gathering this data.

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