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cats and dogs seen in Banfield clinics, three developed kidney failure during the time pet food contaminated with melamine was on the market.
In the three weeks since the first pet food was recalled, Banfield vets have examined 1,605 cats and dogs reported to have eaten the recalled food. That is less than 1 percent of pets examined. Just six of those animals _ five cats and one dog _ have died.
Banfield, The Pet Hospital, said an analysis of its database, compiled from records collected by its more than 615 veterinary hospitals, suggests that three out of every 10,000 cats and dogs seen in its clinics developed kidney failure during the time the melamine-contaminated pet food was on the market. There are an estimated 60 million dogs and 70 million cats in the United States, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
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Just a few months after Robb opened the doors of his new Banfield hospital in 2008, Mars began remaking the company. By the following January, an exodus of doctors was under way. A former McKinsey consultant who’d come up through the ranks at Office Depot was hired to run operations. Campbell was replaced as chairman by Pamela Mars-Wright. A granddaughter of Forrest Mars, the company’s founder, she’d run a dog-food factory for the family.I too am highly dissatisfied with the quality of service I received through Banfield. My dog had been throwing up all food and water for three days and I tried to make an appointment with the Banfield where I have a Wellness plan. They told me "We are too busy to see him." I explained to them in depth that my dog had only kept down an ice cube or two a day and that he very much needed to see a vet. I asked if there was anything they could do (knowing full well that some of those appointments were for updating shots and general health check-ups) and they still said they couldn't see him for at least another two days. Mars Petcare, the world’s largest seller of pet food, sells two of the four prescription pet food brands, operates Banfield Pet Hospitals in partnership with pet supply giant, PetSmart, and the largest veterinarian hospital chain the United States, BluePearl Veterinary Hospital. Because of strategic partnerships, alliances, and mergers, Nestle Purina, Mars Petcare, and Hill’s Pet Nutrition are in position to influence nearly every aspect of your dog’s life.One of the largest veterinary hospital chains in the U.S., , has released statistics on the recent rates of pet kidney failure. Banfield's veterinarians treat an estimated 6 percent of the nation's cats and dogs, and their findings provide "the most authoritative picture of the harm done by the tainted cat and dog food," according to the FDA. Based on analysis of data collected by more than 600 hospitals and clinics in 43 states, out of every 10,000 cats and dogs seen in Banfield clinics, three developed kidney failure during the time pet food contaminated with was on the market. They reported 284 more cases of kidney failure in cats than the expected "background rate," corresponding to a 30 percent increase. During that period, the Banfield vets saw 100,000 cats. According to Hugh Lewis, who analyzed the results for Banfield, extrapolating to the United States cat population may mean "several hundred cats a week across the country" were affected. No similar statistically significant increase was seen among dogs, suggesting the contamination was more toxic to cats.