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Would You Feed Your Dog or Cat Rat Poison?

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According to the Associated Press, scientists have found rat poison in recalled dog and cat pet food manufactured by the Menu Foods Corporation. Recently, the Menu Foods Corporation issued a product recall of certain dog and cat food because something in the pet food had been causing kidney failure or worse. Now we have been informed that a derivative of rat poison has been found in these recalled pet foods.

Menu Foods last week recalled “cuts and gravy” style dog and cat food. The recall sparked concern among pet owners across North America. It includes food sold under store brands carried by Wal-Mart, Kroger, Safeway and other large retailers, as well as private labels such as Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba.

Apparently some pets have been getting sick after eating this pet food because it contains aminopterin, a toxin used to kill rats in some countries.

I would guess that you would never feed poison to your pet cat or dog so please pay careful attention to the details about the pet food recall and demand that the Menu Foods company provide timely updates as it discovers new information. Check here to access the company’s web site which contains further information about the product recall and other details about which specific products have been pulled from stores.

The pet deaths led to a recall of 60 million cans and pouches of pet food produced by Menu Foods and sold throughout North America under 95 brand names. There have been several reports of kidney failure in pets that ate the recalled brands, and the company has confirmed the deaths of 15 cats and one dog.

If you own a pet, do you think that a company which included poison in its pet-friendly food products should be held to account for the loss of a pet? Alternatively, would you consider this story as yet another example of a frivolous lawsuit in the making?