Pet Food Recall Spiked Kidney-Related Claims

VPI reported a rise in pet kidney condition diagnosis during the recall.

Posted: October 30 2007 2 a.m. EDT

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There was a significant rise in the diagnosis of kidney conditions in March — the same month that Canada-based Menu Foods recalled about 60 million cans and bags of tainted food — according to Veterinary Pet Insurance, of Brea, Calif.

The company found that health testing increased by 37 percent in March, and initial diagnosis of kidney conditions increased 33 percent for dogs and 46 percent for cats compared to expected seasonal averages.

“Our data shows that the pet food recall motivated a considerable number of our policyholders to take their pets to the veterinarian,” said Carol McConnell, DVM, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. “A few serious kidney conditions, whether caused by tainted food or other unrelated factors, were discovered as a result.”

Claims submitted for treatment of uremia showed the largest spike, increasing 141 percent for dogs and 152 percent for cats in March.

Kidney disease was the third most common feline claim filed by VPI policyholders in 2006 and was among the top 40 most common claims filed for canines.

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Tina    Findlay, OH

11/15/2010 9:58:40 AM

My vet says my cat has kidney disease and she spent
6 days in the animal hospital. Vet says she needs
to be on a high figer low protein food. The lady at Pet Supplies Plus says cats that are on a dry food only diet end up with kidney disease and to put her on a canned food diet high in moisutre.

Mary    Rockford, IL

10/30/2007 3:16:40 PM

Scary

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

10/30/2007 6:51:47 AM

This is so scary as cats get kidney disease so easily. I have lost cats in the past to this and to know that you fed them bad food would be even worse. I hope they get their act together on pet food and human food protection. Not holding my breath though.

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