Ontario Veterinarians Urge Pet Owners to Check Pet Food Labels & Monitor Pets for Signs of Acute Renal Failure

    TORONTO, March 21 /CNW/ - The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association
(OVMA) is urging pet owners to check pet food labels against the list of foods
recalled by Menu Foods, and to monitor their cats and dogs for signs of acute
renal failure.
    "The association has received a lot of calls from veterinarians with
patients which have eaten the recalled foods, and which have suddenly shown
signs of acute renal failure," says Dr. Reg Reed, President of the Ontario
Veterinary Medical Association. "Acute renal failure can be fatal. Early
diagnosis and treatment is essential."
    Over the past few days, OVMA has received dozens of calls from
veterinarians who are seeing a sudden increase in acute renal failure,
predominantly in cats.
    "It is imperative that pet owners check their pet foods against the list
provided by Menu Foods on that company's web site (www.menufoods.com/recall),"
says Dr. Reed. "Each brand listed on the web site has a number of products
that have been recalled. Pet owners need to check the brand name, then the
product name, then the lot number."
    Pet owners who are or have been feeding a pet one of the foods on the
Menu Foods list are advised to:

    -   Stop using any pet food with the recalled lot number immediately.
        Keep any full/empty cans/pouches.
    -   Monitor their pets for symptoms of any health problems.
    -   See a veterinarian immediately if they observe any of the following
        symptoms of acute renal failure - vomiting, loss of appetite,
        lethargy, decreased or increased output of urine, difficulty
        urinating, more or less frequent urination, increased drinking or
        decreased drinking.

    While there is currently no conclusive evidence that the recalled food
has caused renal failure in any Canadian pets, the recalled food has been
linked to a number of pet deaths in the United States, and Ontario
veterinarians are concerned about the recent drastic increase in acute renal
failure cases - especially cases occurring in younger, otherwise healthy cats.

    About OVMA
    Founded in 1980, the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association represents
more than 3,000 Ontario veterinarians in private practice, government,
academia, industry and public service. Its mandate includes the provision of
economic research, continuing education and professional development,
increasing public awareness, government relations, and discount services to

For further information:

For further information: Nadia Vercillo, OVMA, Manager of Communications
and Public Relations, T. (905) 875-0756, ext. 15 or 1.800.670.1702, ext. 15 or

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