May 30th 2008 5:56 pm
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Mom was just checking online and today the Court granted preliminary approval to the class action settlement. US and Canadian class members include anyone who used, purchased, or obtained or whose pet consumed pet foods and/or treats that were recalled between March 16, 2007-present becsause they allegedly contained contaminated wheat gluten or rice protein concentrate.
A $24 million fund was created in which eligible class members will receive up to 100% cash payment of reasonable, documented economic damages and up to $900 for other reasonable damages for which they do not have documentation. Expenses may include vet screening, treatment costs, death related expenses, pet purchase or "new pet costs," (ick), property damage, and other costs.
Although the site is not up yet, you can obtain a claim for by visiting www.petfoodsettlement.com or contact the claims administrator:
In Re Pet Foods Products Liability Litigation Claims Administrator
c/o Heffler, Radetich, & Saitta, LLP
PO BOx 890
Philadelphia, PA 19105-0890
Oh, and here's a link to the combined recalled dog food list
May 18th 2008 1:14 pm
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Cross-post from our Austin Small Dog Meet Up group:
If you purchased the green 20 oz bag of Innova dog biscuits--the large
size biscuits--for your pupsters, please check the expiration date for a
December 08 expiration date. This is the batch in question.
Someone in the neighborhood who just recently purchased some biscuits at
Bark 'n Purr (in Austin,Texas) found pieces of metal and rocks in these
biscuits when breaking them in half for their dogs. The package was
returned to the store and when they and the store staff looked through
some of the other biscuits in the same package, they found more non-food
items in the biscuits. Bark 'n Purr management contacted the
manufacturers immediately and the product has been pulled off the shelf
and sent to the manufacturer.
I confirmed all of the above with the manager at Bark 'n Purr this
morning and told her I would be sending out a note. She was extremely
If you have a package in this batch--the batch that expires in December
08--you can return it to them. As of this morning they have heard
nothing from the manufacturer.
I did ask the store manager if it is likely that this batch of biscuits
would have been distributed only in central Texas. She said it would
likely have gone out all over the country.
This is so weird because we were reading something in the Dogster Forum posts about Innova having hairs in the large bites food... Hm... wonder if there are any issues with Evo or small bites?
We switched from Iams to Innova Evo and LOVED it. Then mom couldn't remember we she got and we ended up with Orijen Adult and wouldn't eat it. So then she remember Innova but furgot the EVO part and got lil bites and we are just lukewarm about it. So now she's going to have to reorder. In the meantime, we were eating Science Diet I/D canned but our vet doesn't carry it anymore. WHAT GIVES, mom?!!
March 4th 2008 8:38 am
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We got 3 more ABBEY pupdates I thought we would share. (This is Waverly's GF in TN. She does not have a Dogster page but is gravely ill. We have been forwarding posts from STAFU to her):
Thank you so much for your prayers and concern - I've heard from as far as the UK and Hawaii!! It means a great deal to me.
I am leaving in a few minutes to sit with Abbey until it's time to transport her to the emergency clinic for the rest of the night. She has moved from critical to stable, but her vet will not go as far as to say he is encouraged, only that she's no longer getting worse. It will be a couple of days before we know more, but there are no masses in her chest.
I truly appreciate those of you who have encouraged me, too. I really just kind of went on about my days this weekend, thinking the meds and her age were the culprit for her queasiness. According to Dr. Prior, this auto-immune issue is unheard of; he did say - and was clear to point out it may just be his wishful thinking - that she seemed slightly perkier than this morning.
I do think her condition moving from critical to stable is a half-step of positive - please, as I said before, whether you've ever prayed or not, regardless of who or what you believe, I just ask that you continue saying a prayer on Abbey's behalf. I truly believe He hears them all.
She is so special to me, I am not ready for us to part ways. I cannot wait to hug her!
ONE MORE THOUGHT:
Keep forwarding the original message and/or updates - I don't care if people think I'm a nut for requesting prayers from anyone and everyone. Abbey is absolutely worth any scrutiny of my mental state.
Abbey has Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA). If I'm understanding correctly, her body is intent on destroying her red blood cells.
Several things can "launch" this sort of attack. They have pretty much ruled out cancer; it could possibly be some sort of tick disease; or it could be a reaction to a drug. There is a very real possibility we will not know the culprit. There is a possibility that the anesthesia she received last week lowered her resistance enough to cause this to surface.
She is on a very high dose of steroids, antibiotics, fluids, etc. We have taken her to the all-night clinic, where she is receiving a blood transfusion as I type, and will pick her up early tomorrow morning to return her to Murphy Rd. Animal Hospital. She received a couple of units of fake blood earlier today; Dr. Prior had one of his own dogs donate blood, but Abbey's was so messed up he could not determine a "cross-match," I believe was what he called it. He has kept the blood on reserve because chances are very good Abbey will need several. He has also ordered some red blood cells, which will arrive tomorrow from California.
The next 48 hours are critical - if she survives, we have a long road ahead.
Please, I ask for continued prayers and appreciate all that have gone out on her behalf thus far.