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« Reply #30 on: March 01, 2011, 09:56:25 AM »

I know I've fed some of these batches, but I don't feed solely Wellness. From various websites I've checked on feline thiamine deficiency, supposedly you would have to be feeding solely thiamine deficient food for a couple of weeks (according to these sites).  

The other recent thiamine-deficient cat food recalls we have seen are Iams ProActive Health canned Cat and Kitten Food and Premium Edge (Diamond).  We have 3 different manufacturers here.
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« Reply #31 on: March 01, 2011, 10:00:37 AM »

They may be three different manufacturers but they might all use the same company for the vitamin premix. You'd think they would have checked when the other brands were recalled.
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« Reply #32 on: March 01, 2011, 10:02:29 AM »

They may be three different manufacturers but they might all use the same company for the vitamin premix. You'd think they would have checked when the other brands were recalled.

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« Reply #33 on: March 01, 2011, 10:03:24 AM »

I read these two responses on Facebook  
here is the link but for those that are not facebookers I have copied two public  comments from Wellness that I think need to be shared as I did not think kitten would be included or it would have been specified or the Core brand either so in case there was any others here not sure..I wanted to share....
http://www.facebook.com/#!/note.php?note_id=10150093171637606&comments

Wellness Natural Pet Food for Dogs and Cats Hello Mark, in an abundance of caution, we have decided to recall all canned cat products with the specific date codes noted on our site, this includes Wellness CORE cans for cats. Please feel free to call us with additional questions. We've set up a special hotline and the phone # is 1-877-227-9587.

Wellness Natural Pet Food for Dogs and Cats ?@Jennifer and @Alison – Out of caution, we are recalling all canned cat products with the BEST BUY dates as noted above and on our site, this includes kitten cans. Please feel free to call us with additional questions at 1-877-227-9587.
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Carol, if you are on FB, can you post a question and ask if their Holistic Select can line has also been tested and will it also be recalled seeing how Menu produces it and I doubt that they would use a different premix for this line? I don't do Facebook.
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« Reply #34 on: March 01, 2011, 10:08:07 AM »

I have fed some of these batches too, but I am not worried at all, since I feed a large variety of foods and my cats have absolutely no symptoms of thiamine deficiency.  In fact, they are thriving.  This just reinforces my long-standing practice of never feeding all one brand, flavor, or type of food.  It saved my cats during the melamine recalls of 2007, and it's proven to be a very good practice over the years.

I suspect that all the recalls for thiamine deficiency probably do stem back to a vitamin pre-mix manufacturer.  At one time Wellness said they did not use pre-mixes and added the vitamins individually; I guess this "cheaper" practice is one of the things we have to "thank" Berwind for.  That and the fact that companies don't seem to do quality checks on what they get from suppliers before using the ingredient.

I believe that there is no cause for major worry unless you fed your cats only canned Wellness through this period.  If you were feeding exclusively canned Wellness, or the vast majority of your cats' food was canned Wellness, get your cats' thiamine levels checked.
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« Reply #35 on: March 01, 2011, 10:17:19 AM »

Also, what people can do is give them a vet-approved B-vitamin supplement or multivitamin or brewer's yeast tablets to get their levels up if they are concerned. B-vitamins are all water-soluble (which is why it is dangerous to have too little in a food). I will look up the requirement in my NRC book and report back after lunch in case anyone is interested in how much cats actually need.
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« Reply #36 on: March 01, 2011, 10:19:09 AM »

I read these two responses on Facebook  
here is the link but for those that are not facebookers I have copied two public  comments from Wellness that I think need to be shared as I did not think kitten would be included or it would have been specified or the Core brand either so in case there was any others here not sure..I wanted to share....
http://www.facebook.com/#!/note.php?note_id=10150093171637606&comments

Wellness Natural Pet Food for Dogs and Cats Hello Mark, in an abundance of caution, we have decided to recall all canned cat products with the specific date codes noted on our site, this includes Wellness CORE cans for cats. Please feel free to call us with additional questions. We've set up a special hotline and the phone # is 1-877-227-9587.

Wellness Natural Pet Food for Dogs and Cats ?@Jennifer and @Alison – Out of caution, we are recalling all canned cat products with the BEST BUY dates as noted above and on our site, this includes kitten cans. Please feel free to call us with additional questions at 1-877-227-9587.
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Carol, if you are on FB, can you post a question and ask if their Holistic Select can line has also been tested and will it also be recalled seeing how Menu produces it and I doubt that they would use a different premix for this line? I don't do Facebook.

Done...I asked if it was included and if not then are they testing that line...
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« Reply #37 on: March 01, 2011, 10:19:33 AM »

Thanks, Carol!
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« Reply #38 on: March 01, 2011, 10:53:42 AM »

Soooo, it seems that Wellness uses Trouw/Nutreco for premix:

http://itchmoforums.com/pet-food-questions-and-researching-foodsingredients/list-of-brands-that-use-trouw-premixes-t8422.0.html

If Eagle Pack uses them, then, I'm extrapolating and figuring that Wellness uses the same as they are both Wellpet. Weren't they the ones to mess up zinc? Are we still having the same trouble from the same company? How is Wellness going to ensure this doesn't happen again? All mysteries.
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« Reply #39 on: March 01, 2011, 11:00:08 AM »

Thank you to eveyone who has been giving updates.  Does anyone know what symptoms thiamine definancy causes? 
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« Reply #40 on: March 01, 2011, 11:06:24 AM »

Symptoms of lack of thiamine?

When a cat is fed a food lacking in thiamine, after three weeks we can start to see the following symptoms:

    * Decreased appetite
    * Excessive salivation
    * Vomiting
    * Weight loss
    * Ventroflexion (the head is bent down towards the floor)
    * Ataxia (wobbliness)
    * Circling
    * Falling
    * Head tilt
    * Seizures

Usually, the gastrointestinal symptoms will be present before we see neurological symptoms.

http://www.askavetquestion.com/news/2011/recall-on-wellness-cat-food/
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« Reply #41 on: March 01, 2011, 11:09:47 AM »

Thank you to eveyone who has been giving updates.  Does anyone know what symptoms thiamine definancy causes? 

According to the press release from Wellness (you might want to check other sources too), "early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss.  In advanced cases, neurologic signs can develop, which may include ventriflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, circling, falling, and seizures."

I took one of my females in to the vet just last week because she didn't seem as interested in food as usual and was walking away from food she normally eats with gusto.  At that time I didn't know about the Wellness issue, and they have been eating Wellness for about 1 1/2 years.  Within the last 6 months or so, they have also been getting Soulistic/Weruva and either Nature's Variety or Wilderness by Blue Buffalo.  I am waiting for a call back from my vet on the thiamine level test.
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« Reply #42 on: March 01, 2011, 11:15:32 AM »

Thank you both for your help.
ALclubb what did you mean when you said "According to the press release from Wellness (you might want to check other sources too),"  Did you mean it might be in there other food too not just the canned.   
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« Reply #43 on: March 01, 2011, 11:21:04 AM »

Thank you both for your help.
ALclubb what did you mean when you said "According to the press release from Wellness (you might want to check other sources too),"  Did you mean it might be in there other food too not just the canned.   

No, I meant that you might want to check other sources to see if what they put in their press release matches what is on independent sources for thiamine deficiency.  Not that I'm getting paranoid - LOL!
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« Reply #44 on: March 01, 2011, 11:25:57 AM »

Here's the FDA notice:

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm245108.htm
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