It is frustrating to hear of yet another pet food recall in the news. This time, a couple of the Premium Edge cat food varieties have made some cats very sick. The foods have been found to be low in Thiamine, also known as Vitamin B1.
Diamond Foods, manufacturer of the Premium Edge dog and cat foods, initiated this voluntary recall. Excerpted from a press release on their site:
"Diamond Pet Foods has withdrawn from distribution the following date codes of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat: RAF0501A22X 18lb., RAF0501A2X 6 lb., RAH0501A22X 18 lb., RAH0501A2X 6lb.
Symptoms displayed by an affected cat will be neurological in nature. Any cats fed these date codes that display these symptoms should be immediately taken to a veterinarian.
Product testing proved no contaminants were discovered in the cat food; however the cat foods were deficient in thiamine."
This isn't the first time that Diamond Pet Food has recalled pet food products. In 2005, they recalled foods due to aflatoxin toxicity and were part of the 2007 massive pet food recall involving many companies.
As noted in the press release, clinical signs are neurological in nature.
Signs seen with Thiamine deficiency
- Generalized weakness
- Not eating
- Staggered "drunk" gait
- Neck curved downward (cervical ventroflexion)
Treatment for Thiamine deficiency is easy once diagnosis is made - injections or oral replacements of Thiamine. Clinical signs typically resolve quickly with treatment.
If your cat is not eating, vomiting, or showing any of the signs above, please see your veterinarian immediately for assessment. The same is true any time your pet is not behaving normally, and especially if exhibiting neurologic signs.
Photo: Oliver the Cat Eating © Bonnie Vengrow