Pet Deaths Reportedly Linked to Rat Poison

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By: Dr. Jack Stephens

ABC News and others this morning are reporting that a rodent-killing chemical is the toxin in the tainted pet food that has killed pets across the nation.

A source close to the investigation told ABC News that the rodenticide, which the source says is illegal to use in the United States, was on wheat that was imported from China and used by Menu Foods in nearly 100 brands of dog and cat food.

The Food and Drug Administration, which was notified of the tainted food one day before the recall, said it’s frustrated and realizes the growing crisis is an emotional one.

“This is tragic,” said Stephen Sundolf of the FDA’s Veterinary Medicine group. “It is certainly uncommon. We expect pet food to be safe.”

The New York Department of Agriculture has announced a press conference for 1 p.m. EDT.

Again, if you believe your pet ingested any of the foods on the recall list, stop feeding the food immediately and call your veterinarian to schedule a blood test.

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