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FDA, Petco, and dog foods

I called the FDA this morning and was told that since I didn't have the lot number of the bag of food that I couldn't file a report. The lot number is at the top of the bag and gets ripped off when you open it. I have the bar code and the sell by date but that isn't enough. That taught me to always keep the lot number and I wonder how many dogs get sick that the FDA won't take a report on.
There's a test kit you can buy online to test your dog's food for bacteria but the man from the FDA said that there could just be a piece of food that was tainted and unless you tested the whole bag that the test wasn't helpful.
He also said that canned food was safer than dry because it's chemically heat treated..but something could still get in there.
He went on to say that what the public doesn't know is that there are only several places that make most of the dog foods and that while you may think you're feeding the best, you probably have the same ingredients as in a cheaper bag but under different labels. (That doesn't make sense to me but I'm repeating what he said)
One person at Halo takes reports of animals getting sick from their food and she's on the phone. I'm waiting (and waiting, and waiting) for her to call me back.
I called the vet's office and asked if tests were run to find a bacteria and was told yes and given the name of the bacteria found. The receptionist didn't know how to spell it but we have an appt this afternoon and will have the vet write it down for us. It's spiro something or another that showed as the bacteria that got the dogs sick.
Oh, I almost forgot something important. He said that none of the food at the Petco facility was tainted and that it was the facility that was dirty but not where the food was.

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So we should open our dog food from the bottom (according to the FDA)? Now it isn't Petco's facility but where the food was made that is dirty is that right? What is Halo planning to do or is that what you are waiting on a phone call for? I am just glad your dogs are alright.

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I'm a little confused. Can HGE be caused by dog food? It is not a contagious disease like Parvo?
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So we should open our dog food from the bottom (according to the FDA)? Now it isn't Petco's facility but where the food was made that is dirty is that right? What is Halo planning to do or is that what you are waiting on a phone call for? I am just glad your dogs are alright.
Open the bag away from the code (not bar code that rings up the price) and date on it. When I talked to Halo she said they moved it from place to place on the bag. Halo asked that my vet fax her records to them and said they'll call me when they have time. They're also sending me a bag to send them a sample from the bag of food and say they're going to test it. There is one gal who takes the incoming calls about dogs getting sick from Halo and she said she was so backed up on calls that had come in over the holiday weekend. Then the next step is her boss who deals further with it and she's totally backed up getting back to people from the holiday weekend. That really had my head spinning when she told me that.
Somehow or another they are stopping the shipment that's in route to me and having it routed back to them and will credit my account tomorrow.

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Jan was the bacteria, Spirochete? I guess that is kind of spiral shaped bacteria, you most commonly hear it with tick born diseases-- but I just looked it up and it is apparent in other bacteria's as well. Thanks for sharing this info with us...how frustrating for you. belly rubs to Lightening.




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I'm a little confused. Can HGE be caused by dog food? It is not a contagious disease like Parvo?
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HGE can be caused by a bacteria. My vet tested Lightning and has the name of the bacteria

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Jan was the bacteria, Spirochete? I guess that is kind of spiral shaped bacteria, you most commonly hear it with tick born diseases-- but I just looked it up and it is apparent in other bacteria's as well. Thanks for sharing this info with us...how frustrating for you. belly rubs to Lightening.
We'll see the vet this afternoon and I'll have her spell it for me. The receptionist said it was spiro something or another. You probably have it right.
Thanks for the belly rubs......Lightning has been loving them and seems to be in great shape now.

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After I posted that this happened over the holiday weekend it dawned on me that Lightning was in the doggie hospital the 4th of July. I haven't seen the bill yet because of that......there was no office staff, just the vet who came in to check the dogs there. Oh my this is going to be expensive.

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