Many, many stories on the pet food recall. So far catmanager detects three main approaches to these stories: ones that give barebones information, probably just reprinting wire reports; ones that focus on the commercial angle, interviewing managers at the local PetSmart or grocery store; and ones that focus on local pets that have died or are sick, usually interviewing pet owners and/or veterinarians. A sampling of what I found:

  • ABC4 in Salt Lake City said one dog died in Utah but then in the next sentence that “the dog’s death has not been officially confirmed.”
  • “Eyewitness News Everywhere uncovers dogs dying in the Mid-South.” So begins a Tennessee TV station’s report that then cites only one dog death. They quote the owner, who describes his dog’s symptoms: “‘She was regurgitating a black bile like fluid, had rectal bleeding and was vomiting blood as well.'”
  • KSAT in San Antonio finds a woman who claims her cat died after eating recalled food. The story quotes a local veterinarian who treated pets all day on Sunday, including some who weren’t showing symptoms but whose owners “‘asked me to induce vomiting.'”
  • Many Canadian papers, including the Chronicle-Herald in Halifax, ran a Canadian Press story that notes Menu Foods started receiving complaints about the now-recalled food back in December.
  • The New York Times confirms that Menu Foods believes the problems coincide with their use of a new source of wheat gluten. The story also reports that Proctor & Gamble had received reports of twenty cats, but no dogs, becoming ill with kidney failure in the past two weeks.
  • The Washington Post runs an AP story that quotes one pet owner whose cat “was very sick and had not been eating for days . . . . ‘The vet told us to buy her her favorite food.'” Which just happened to be some of the recalled Iams. Fortunately, the woman had decided she’d better call her vet back.

In other news . . .

  • A South Carolina veterinarian faces charges in the hit-and-run death of a teenager.
  • A Brooklyn woman claims to be psychically healing cats, according to a story in the New York Times. She does at least caution that “her work is ‘an accompaniment to and not a substitute’ for traditional veterinary medicine.”