The good folks at Pet Connection are asking pet owners whose pets have been affected to let them know. They provide an online submission form. On their blog they report getting an e-mail every five minutes or so.
A newly created blog (it’s free, it’s easy, it was inevitable) called Pet Food Recall claims to be “a centralized site for people to report illnesses or deaths of pets as a result of eating tainted pet food.” So far (as of early evening) about fourteen people have added comments, reporting five deaths and seven sick pets. This is all anecdotal of course, but their descriptions are interesting.
The rumors of class action lawsuits moved a little closer to reality with the formation of a new Yahoo group: Menu Group Class Action. As of early evening today, the group had over forty members.
This Web siteHowl911 includes an impressive number of links to press releases and recall information from all the major players—FDA, Menu, PetSmart, major grocery chains—WalMart being a notable absence (their press release is here).
Some thoughtful analysis at this Seattle site, including analysis of Menu’s response to the crisis, information about Iams’ ten-year contract with Menu, and a comparison of this recall with last year’s Diamond recall. Thanks to Pet Connection blog for finding this blog.
Veterinary practices seem to be doing a mixed to poor job of alerting clients through their Web sites. None of the vet clinics in catmanager’s town had noted the recall on their Web sites as of this morning (except mine, of course). This pattern seemed to follow across the country. Of 15 sites I checked, only two (here and here) made mention of the recall. Hardly a scientific study, but it does accord with what I found in my own town.
Update: How could I have neglected VIN?! (For the uninitiated, VIN is the Veterinary Information Network, the premier online community for veterinarians. You have to pay to gain access, so if you’re not already a VIN member the VIN links below won’t do you any good.) The discussions of the pet food recall have been vigorous and extensive, with veterinarians from all over the United States and Canada reporting suspected recall-related cases and sharing details of those cases. Of note thus far: a report from a veterinary toxicologist at Cornell on what they’re doing to track down the responsible toxin (found in this, the wide-ranging original discussion;); a pathology report on kidney, liver, and adrenal tissue from a deceased kitten highly suspicious for recall-related kidney failure (from a discussion of possible cases).