I am not sure how many of you remember the days of the Diamond Pet Food recall?
But I do, vividly.
There was widespread crippling fear from many of my clients who fed this product and very little help available to them. Most of them had purchased the Diamond products at the local feed store located about a mile from our clinic.
At the clinic we scrambled to try to identify the scope of the problem. We didn't know if the tainted food been sold at our local store? Was every bag tainted? Was every dog in danger? Was there a central place to get information? The questions were many, the answers were not forthcoming. Many clients tried in vain to get help from the store, and the manufacturer, both to little to no avail. It was pandemonium fueled by fear.
We were left with not knowing what to do, so we performed examinations and baseline blood work on every pet that came forward. Most of the pets were asymptomatic, but if the owner would allow us we would collect whatever information we could, do as much diagnostics as we thought necessary and charge the confused, frustrated, desperate, angry owner. We felt helpless to be anything but the first responder of an undefined disaster. It was one of the first large scale cases of tainted food leading to death of many pets in our memory. This tragic tale was also one of the biggest reasons that so many people turned to what they hoped and believed was a safer better alternative to commercial diets, homemade or raw diets.
This recall shaped how I give advice and how I feed both of my pets and the clinic's pets. It also helped start the push for better recall notification services.
In the end We lost about 6 pets..and those were just the pets that came seeking help. Many, many more died quiet undiagnosed unsuspected deaths at their homes.
Here is the recent article I found..hopefully the end of a sad, long terrible tale.