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Pet Food Update

CBS reports: Pet Food Co. Knew Of Problem Last Month

Menu Foods told the FDA it received the first complaints of kidney failure and deaths among cats and dogs from pet owners on Feb. 20. It began new tests on Feb. 27.

During those tests, the company fed its product to 40 to 50 dogs and cats and seven animals — the mix of species was not immediately known — died, Sundlof said. The contamination appeared more deadly to cats than to dogs, he said.

I have a certain knowledge about kidney problems in people, and that tells me that the problem is more likely chemical than biological. The kidneys are filters, as is the liver, and tend to be affected by specific minerals. Most people have never heard of a calcium overdose, but it can land you in a hospital bed for a week. If they look only for toxins they might be missing the obvious – a massive overdose of a mineral that is actually required. Sodium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, etc. are all necessary, but an excess of any of them throws off your blood chemistry and overworks the “filters” in your body.

They only way to find out what’s going on, and how to prevent it from happening again is by testing. The company mentioned the change in the source of the gluten, because that was the variation they were aware of when they became aware that there was a problem.