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March 21, 2007

Woman thinks bad food killed her dog


Menu Foods has yet to say what it is going to do for people who lost their pets. “I don’t even have the empty cans to prove that I fed Timber that kind of food,” Hackbart said. “Nobody said ‘Save them in case your dog dies.’ I don’t have anything, not even my dog.”

And just over the border in Texas, another woman is convinced she killed her beloved pet Ollie, just because she fed him some special cat food as a treat.

“I have come to the horrible realization that I killed my cat Ollie a few weeks ago with this food,” said Susan McMahill.

“Ollie hadn’t been eating well and I thought it might have been problems with his teeth, so I bought him a variety of small cans of Iams cat food,” she said, adding that Ollie really enjoyed the turkey cuts in gravy. Unfortunately, cuts in gravy appears to be the very kind of pet food that is making animals sick — and in some cases killing them.

Ollie scarfed down the turkey cuts in gravy because it was so much easier on his bad teeth than the dry variety.

After an initial burst of a good appetite, Ollie stopped eating again and started showing signs of being sick. “Ollie’s symptoms were exactly what I have read that other cats have gone through after eating this recalled food: loss of appetite, lethargy and vomiting,” McMahill said. “I am sure that Ollie’s already weakened state (from not eating much) made him more susceptible to the kidney failure that this food caused, but I am sick that I gave him the food that killed him, after he was showing every sign of improvement.

“Please make sure that you don’t have any of this food in your pantry and if your pet shows any of these symptoms, get them to a vet quickly. Please, for the sake of your furry friends, check your pantry.”

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