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Author Topic: June2008 issue PetFoodIndustrydigital What vets think about pet food  (Read 3129 times)
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« on: June 05, 2008, 03:21:53 PM »

I just read it and wept. There's no other way to describe my reaction.
"Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Vets Uninterested in Pet Food Safety?
Petfood Industry Magazine has an article online regarding the attitude of Vets toward pet food. The author, a Veterinarian and pet food industry consultant, gave a series of talks at a veterinary conference and wrote the article characterizing some of the feedback he got from attendees.

A couple points of interest: Vets are apparently being hit by a "barrage of misinformation" regarding pet foods which clients bring to them via that Internet thingy. The author recommends providing Vets with "sound facts" to defend against the assault. My suggestion: How about putting truthful information that pet owners want and need to know on your labels and on your websites? You know, you could actually improve that stupid series of tubes with "sound facts". Why not start with country of origin for your ingredients as well as the name and address of your manufacturer? Then we can talk.

Also interesting to me was the fact that the author's talk on pet food safety was the least attended in his series. He observes: "I would have thought the recalls last year would have sparked more interest..." Yeah, go figure. It's almost as if the pet food industry minimized the 2007 recall to the point of it barely registering on the safety radar.

Read the full article here. Note: click on Contents and then Petfood Insights.
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Now I'm so angry that it's ice cold at the level of seeming fraud and prostitution. Makes my city, Las Vegas, look innocent in my opinion.
« Last Edit: June 05, 2008, 03:29:52 PM by 3catkidneyfailure » Logged
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2008, 03:34:07 PM »

What I find interesting is that his little talks were for vets.  It sounds like the vets have no interest in pet food safety.  And to categorize our requests for information as an assault? This is an industry that will not learn.  They really believe they can make us into mushrooms (keep us in the dark and feed us BS).

IMO, the barage of misinformation comes from that industry. Many more pets would be dead without the "Internet thingy."

I'm with you, 3cat.  Cry
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2008, 03:55:22 PM »

Dzanis apparently has not found anything to cure the results of his association with the FDA. Somehow, it seems only logical that he is now a consultant to the PFCs.

His close ties to the industry could very well be a reason the vets didn't show - they didn't want to alienate their clients any further.

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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2008, 04:06:23 PM »

This article I posted months ago--Dr Serra is who saved Smudge and Jessica initially from the poisoned food.

"Dr. Ken Rix of the Sakonnet Animal Hospital said he was
surprised by the volume of calls and inquiries surrounding the
pet food problems. “Our appointment blocks were completely
full,” he said, “and we found many sick dogs and cats who
had eaten the food. There were no deaths, but we definitely
experienced the impact.” He said his own confidence in the
pet food industry is still solid, and he commented about how
much he admired the response Hills had to their own issues
regarding feline m/d. Dr. Rix said he thought that the problem
was the result of one big batch, and that the long-term effect on
the food industry would be minimal.
Dr. David Serra disagreed. The owner of Wood River
Animal Hospital has a particular interest in nutrition, and he
said the entire episode left a bad taste in his mouth. “This
has destroyed my opinion of the pet food industry,” he said.
“I’m not 100% sure that quality control is any different with
manufacturers—ingredients are but not necessarily quality
control.” He predicted that we would see more people
cooking for their pets, and that this would give them a valid
reason to do so. And, Dr. Serra added, “I’m not sure that is
all wrong. I think we’ve been totally paralyzed by the pet
food industry propaganda and I don’t think that’s healthy.
I’ve never discouraged clients from feeding table food—you
just need to do it correctly"

I doubt he was in the audence or Drs Elizabeth Hodgkins or Rebecca Remillard....or anyone else who holds these beliefs!

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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2008, 04:17:47 PM »

Prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas, at least.

... the problem was the result of one big batch ...
Must have been a very large batch to account for all the pet food recalls of recent years.

Thanks, Offly, for this post attached to Dzanis google. Dr. Dzanis indeed has ties that helped
form his opinions:
A Global View of the First Amendment Constraints on FDA
« Last Edit: June 05, 2008, 04:58:37 PM by 3catkidneyfailure » Logged
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2008, 05:45:15 PM »

Direct link to article. You can get this with the "Share" function.  Click "Share" and you get a choice of E-mail, link or social.  Going to Link, there are 2 choices--Simple Link (that's what this is) or Custom Widget, which is html code.

This can be done with all of the magazine articles for posting.
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2008, 09:07:08 PM »

Wow Carol, can you clone Dr Serra pretty please?  And if Peg can clone Angel vet, we will all be set!
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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2008, 09:19:52 PM »

Carol is in RI & Peg is in NY,maybe we could all move halfway between these 2 vets ? Any uninhabited islands near there ?

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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2008, 12:09:20 AM »

Wrote an email to Dr. Dzanis: invited him to lunch on the foods he was purporting to be safe and wholesome. Said that if he did decide to lunch on Meow Mix (Okay, maybe Hill's or Purina will do), to write back, and I would proudly post it on the Internet Thingy.

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« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2008, 06:37:42 AM »

Wrote an email to Dr. Dzanis: invited him to lunch on the foods he was purporting to be safe and wholesome. Said that if he did decide to lunch on Meow Mix (Okay, maybe Hill's or Purina will do), to write back, and I would proudly post it on the Internet Thingy.

You just gave me my laugh for the me when I tell you that all pfc rue the day the "internet thingy" came to be.  Hard to keep those silent recalls silent these days.

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« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2008, 05:54:45 PM »

Hey, menusux, when I use that "share" function to get into PetFoodIndustry digital, the printing is too small and enlarging
it kind of makes it fuzzy and unreadable. Any way round that?
Kind of goes with what I see as the fuzzy thinking behind nutritionally complete, balanced, and safe pet food produced commercially
and the increasing numerous recalls for various deficencies, illnesses, and potentially lethal consequences.
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« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2008, 07:12:25 PM »

If it wern't for the "internet thingy" how many more of our fur family members (and their parents!) would be dead by now?  Hope the PFIs, vets and food industry in general catchs on to just how fast we can disseminate and analyze information today.
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