Friday, February 5, 2010

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Update on Tequila

Posted: 04 Feb 2010 10:14 AM PST

Another day, another update.

I talked to Tequila’s vet this morning and there’s still no definitive answer to what’s going on. She had a chance to look everything over from yesterday and is thinking pretty much what the vet yesterday mentioned – that it could be IBD or lymphoma. The best way to figure that out for sure is to do exploratory surgery and get tissue samples of her intestines, liver, and lymph nodes. I’m not ready put her through abdominal surgery yet though, so we’re going a bit more conservative route right now.

Since Tequila’s not acting sick, the vet is going to give her some meds that should help with the inflammation and I’m going to change her diet a bit. And, since a urinalysis yesterday showed crystals in her urine, I’m going to also get her a water fountain that should encourage her to drink more. The vet will see her again next week to see if anything’s working and we’ll go from there.

In the meantime, her vet is going to talk with an internal medicine vet to get a second opinion. Tequila’s just not showing the signs of illness that a cat with her test results would show, and not everything in her blood work is exactly right on for any particular diagnosis. So it makes it a bit more difficult to figure out exactly what’s going on.

If you read my post yesterday you’ll understand when I say, “I don’t see a duck anywhere!”

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FDA launches pet food recall database

Posted: 04 Feb 2010 07:40 AM PST

The FDA has launched a pet food recall database, with recalls dating back to January 1, 2006. The page says the database will be updated as new recalls happen.

Keep in mind though, that history has shown the FDA isn’t always as fast as we’d like when it comes to announcing recalls. And, as we’ve also learned, some pet food companies try their darnedest to cover up issues with their pet food even when pets are having problems. So, although the FDA database is a good thing, it’s wise not to rely only on this database to be the one source for recall news and/or pet food problems.

Here’s the FDA Pet Food Recall Products List. The FDA also has a recall and alert list for human foods.

When you go to the pet food recall list, you’ll also see a link to recall notices for products such as pigs ears, hooves, and veterinary products such as the medications that were recalled recently.

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