May 06, 2007

Massive Pet Food Recall Update Part Seven

Pet Food Poisoning Mystery May Be Solved

(CBS/AP) The mystery of how two chemicals that are considered non-toxic poisoned so many pets may have been solved, CBS News correspondent Nancy Cordes reports.

The breakthrough was made at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. A week ago, scientist Perry Martos mixed together a few drops of melamine and cyanuric acid, the two unauthorized chemicals found in tainted pet food.

In less than a second, they formed a mass of crystals nearly identical to crystals found in the kidneys of sickened animals.

"If you can imagine an instantaneous kidney stone -- that's essentially the way I would perceive it," says Martos.

The discovery could lead to a treatment.

Here are Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.

Posted by Jed at May 6, 2007 08:52 AM | TrackBack

This is so horrible about the dog food recall.
We as consumers have to protect our pets. Pet food and conventional medicine need to be scruntized by the consumer to prevent risks to our pet's health. This is what prompted me to use natural remedies for my dog. Profits seem more important than our pets health so we need to be proactive in their protection.

Learn more about keeping your pet healthy naturally...great tips

Posted by: Susana at May 6, 2007 03:30 PM

Interesting that the scientist did this. It reminds me of Dr. Feynman putting the model O-ring into his ice water to see what happens to it under very cold conditions WHILE he was testifying before Congress. Gutsy scientist, there, and kudos to this one who did not wait for a grant and double blind tests to see what would happen.

Posted by: Windy Wilson at May 6, 2007 10:38 PM