Vet Group: Pet Food Deaths Higher than Reported

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Members of a veterinarians' Web site are reporting hundreds of cases of kidney failure among pets since a nationwide pet food recall.

And the site's founder says the total could end up being in the tens of thousands.

The founder of the Veterinary Information Network says at least 471 cases of kidney failure have been reported. He says just over 100 of those animals died, 59 survived and the rest are still being treated.

Last week, scientists identified a rodent poison as the cause of the scare that prompted the recall of 95 brands of "cuts and gravy" style pet food by Menu Brands.

The company has confirmed the deaths of 15 cats and one dog.

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