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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] boosette at WARNING: Purina pet food has started making pets ill
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] issendai at WARNING: Purina pet food has started making pets ill

My coworker John told me that his cat was seriously ill--throwing up, lethargic, refusing food, dropping weight. The previously healthy 6-year-old, 15-pound cat had lost a third of her body weight over the last few months. The vet couldn't find anything wrong with her. Blood tests were clean, and she didn't have any known illnesses. Yet she was a few days from organ failure.

That was a week ago. She's fine now. The solution was... to stop feeding her Purina cat food.

When John told me that, and said that friends of his had the same problem with their cats and Purina cat food, I looked into it. Holy shit. Take a look at the consumer complaints about Purina cat and dog food. This exact same problem has been an issue with Purina pet foods since 2007, but since this summer, the rate of complaints has picked up drastically. People who previously had to problems with Purina are reporting issues. Comment after comment sounds the same:

I've been feeding my three cats Fancy Feast canned food Chopped Grill Feast for many years. They have always devoured their meal and licked the plates clean. Last week, I noticed they did not want to eat much and went from plate to plate, ate a little. Next day, none of them would eat it. I kept trying new cans. What they did eat made them vomit and one cat was lethargic for days. I refuse to buy any more of this food. It's very scary. I don't know what is wrong with the food, but I fear it has toxins in it. I switched to another brand and the cats are fine now. Did anyone else experience this?

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My dogs have been eating Purina Dog Chow (green bag) for about four years. They used to eat only Iams, but due to financial issues, we had to go with a cheaper brand. The last bag I purchased was about a week and a half ago. My 14 years old Labrador has vomited about 5-6 times and my German Shepherd has vomited about 4 times. Something is wrong with this food! The food has a kind of metallic smell to it. It just does not smell right. I'm taking it back to the pet store. I am changing my dogs' food, it's just not worth taking the chance to save a few dollars.

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We purchased a large bag of Purina One Salmon dry cat food to give to a needy pet owner. She emailed us a couple of days later ,to say that there were maggots, lots of them with what looked to be like strands or webs with more dead gnats or flies, pieces of web in the food and "shells" of gnats or flies in the bag. Cats would not eat much of the food and, fortunately, they did not get sick. The store had noticed this problem in other bags and was willing to swap out.

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I purchased a 34 lb bag of Purina One Smartblend dog food every three to four weeks for my two Labradors. The last bag I purchased seemed fine until I noticed a new infestation of little black bugs. Upon further inspection through the contents of the bag, I noticed clusters of white "eggs" adhered to quite a bit of the food. Some of these clusters contained larvae in the process of hatching. I immediately threw out the remaining contents of the bag but did save samples for my vet.

We went out of town last weekend and had friends dog sit for us. We originally attributed their lethargy and random vomiting to separation anxiety. Although they are doing better, I am still concerned and will be watching them closely. As stated, I saved samples of the infested dog food for our vet in the event that anything results from this issue.

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I recently switched to the Friskies Poultry Variety pack (32 cans) that says it must be used by August 2013 (12281789 09:31 lo61237) sku (050000454242). I have 5 cats and feeding them this food, I noticed some of them throwing up. There's nothing in it but liquids, no hair ball, no food, nothing. My cats range from 8 weeks to 13 years old.


I switched my own cats to Purina a couple of months ago, and their coats look so much better than they did on the old brand of cat food... but Buffy has started vomiting stomach liquids. Purina and Fancy Feast are off the menu. Permanently.

I have no idea why this isn't news. But if you're feeding your pets any Purina brand, please don't wait for media confirmation that something is going on. Stop feeding your pets Purina immediately.

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You know how, when you make a typo in Google and it auto-redirects, it actively tells you it is doing so ("Showing results for $new_search. Search instead for $original_search")?

Google Maps does not tell you it is redirecting. At all.

It will gladly give you a completely different town than the one you asked for, and the only warning it has done so is giving the new town in tiny font underneath the street name, the same as if that's what you'd typed in. There wasn't even a "Did you mean. . . ?", much less a "Showing $different_town" or a "Could not find $original_address".

This is how I ended up in Brookline last night, having asked to go to Brighton. I am not the only person who had that problem either.

(I'd tell Google about this problem, but my Google-fu fails to tell me how to do so. Ironically enough.)

ETA: An example of this behavior: 52 Brook Street Brighton, MA 02135 - try copy-pastaing that address into Google Maps and you'll see what I'm talking about.
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You know how, when you make a typo in Google and it auto-redirects, it actively tells you it is doing so ("Showing results for $new_search. Search instead for $original_search")?

Google Maps does not tell you it is redirecting. At all.

It will gladly give you a completely different town than the one you asked for, and the only warning it has done so is giving the new town in tiny font underneath the street name, the same as if that's what you'd typed in. There wasn't even a "Did you mean. . . ?", much less a "Showing $different_town" or a "Could not find $original_address".

This is how I ended up in Brookline last night, having asked to go to Brighton. I am not the only person who had that problem either.

(I'd tell Google about this problem, but my Google-fu fails to tell me how to do so. Ironically enough.)

ETA: An example of this behavior: 52 Brook Street Brighton, MA 02135 - try copy-pastaing that address into Google Maps and you'll see what I'm talking about.
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A program named G-Archiver takes your Gmail username & password and sends it back to the software's author. From Coding Horror
contents of the link above )
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A program named G-Archiver takes your Gmail username & password and sends it back to the software's author. From Coding Horror
contents of the link above )
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(Disclaimers: I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. I have been doing cancer research for 6 years and I most recently worked for a biotech company that is not working on an HPV vaccine.)

A lot of folks I know are looking into getting Gardasil, Merck's partial[1] HPV vaccine. If you’re not amongst them, you should be – by the time you hit 50 years old or 10 partners (whichever comes first) you have an 80% chance of having some form of genital HPV, and we’ve determined that HPV is the source of cervical cancer, which is the second most common cancer amongst women. Even if you’re not a woman, new information had come to light regarding non-gender-specific cancer caused by HPV (namely throat cancer from HPV spread by oral sex), so you’re also at risk. Here's what I've been able to figure out about it, split by gender and age:

  • If you're under 27 years old and female, it's not only highly likely to actually take but your insurance company will more than likely pay for it. Getting cancer really sucks and almost all cervical cancer is caused by HPV - talk to your doctor about Gardasil already!

  • If you're under 27 years old and male, you should know that preliminary studies show that Gardasil is effective for you as well (clinical trials are currently being carried out). I feel that it's worth it for you to look into having it done for two reasons: men can also get cancer from HPV (penile, anal, and/or throat) and men are the Typhoid Mary of cervical cancer (caused almost entirely by HPV) - you often don't have symptoms and there's currently no good way to test for it. Do it for yourself, for someone you love, and for someone you will love down the line, regardless of your sexuality.

  • If you're between 27 and 55 years old and female, you might be better off waiting for GSK's Cervarix, another partial HPV vaccine, to come on the market. Gardasil is much less likely to take in someone over 26 according to Merck's preliminary studies, which is why they didn't do the larger clinical trials with women over that age. GSK has sent in all the FDA-approval studies and paperwork for Cervarix, which is effective in women up to age 55, and it looks like it'll be released between October 2007 and January 2008. At this point, if you go through the time required to get the vaccine and get a titer[2] to see if it took, Cervarix will likely have already been released. Between the greater chance that it'll be effective (meaning you won't have to go through and pay for a second round of the vaccine) and the good chance that it'll be covered for women who fall within the recommended age range, I'm going to wait. But talk with your doctor about Cervarix vs. Gardasil anyway - at least s/he'll know that you're looking to get it when it comes out if you decide to wait for Cervarix.

  • If you're between 27 and 55 years old and male, I'm honestly not sure what to tell you. It looks like GSK hasn't bothered testing Cervarix in men at all and isn't planning on doing so (that could change if there's more demand amongst men in this age range for an approved HPV vaccine), so I can't even begin to predict how effective it would be. My apologies, but it looks like you have a much more difficult choice than any of the previously mentioned groups. A discussion with your doctor is definitely in order.



A vaccine that protects you from even a few forms of cancer is one of those things we've been dreaming about for years. Please don't let it pass you by.

[1] There is no vaccine for all forms of HPV, just like there's no flu shot for all forms of the flu. Both Gardasil and Cervarix are focused on cancer-causing strains of HPV, but Gardasil does cover some wart-causing strains as well (there is overlap between strains that cause warts and cancer). It looks like both vaccines help prevent strains beyond the ones they specifically grant immunity for, but we don't really know how much help they are.
[2] For the love of God, whatever age or gender you are, get a titer. I can not emphasize this enough: you do not know that you are actually protected until you get a positive titer result. This is doubly important for people who get a vaccine off-recommendation, but everyone should have it done. I found out when I got a Hepatitis B titer about a year ago that I did not have immunity, despite getting the series done entirely according to the book when I was in high school. Get a titer!
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(Disclaimers: I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. I have been doing cancer research for 6 years and I most recently worked for a biotech company that is not working on an HPV vaccine.)

A lot of folks I know are looking into getting Gardasil, Merck's partial[1] HPV vaccine. If you’re not amongst them, you should be – by the time you hit 50 years old or 10 partners (whichever comes first) you have an 80% chance of having some form of genital HPV, and we’ve determined that HPV is the source of cervical cancer, which is the second most common cancer amongst women. Even if you’re not a woman, new information had come to light regarding non-gender-specific cancer caused by HPV (namely throat cancer from HPV spread by oral sex), so you’re also at risk. Here's what I've been able to figure out about it, split by gender and age:

  • If you're under 27 years old and female, it's not only highly likely to actually take but your insurance company will more than likely pay for it. Getting cancer really sucks and almost all cervical cancer is caused by HPV - talk to your doctor about Gardasil already!

  • If you're under 27 years old and male, you should know that preliminary studies show that Gardasil is effective for you as well (clinical trials are currently being carried out). I feel that it's worth it for you to look into having it done for two reasons: men can also get cancer from HPV (penile, anal, and/or throat) and men are the Typhoid Mary of cervical cancer (caused almost entirely by HPV) - you often don't have symptoms and there's currently no good way to test for it. Do it for yourself, for someone you love, and for someone you will love down the line, regardless of your sexuality.

  • If you're between 27 and 55 years old and female, you might be better off waiting for GSK's Cervarix, another partial HPV vaccine, to come on the market. Gardasil is much less likely to take in someone over 26 according to Merck's preliminary studies, which is why they didn't do the larger clinical trials with women over that age. GSK has sent in all the FDA-approval studies and paperwork for Cervarix, which is effective in women up to age 55, and it looks like it'll be released between October 2007 and January 2008. At this point, if you go through the time required to get the vaccine and get a titer[2] to see if it took, Cervarix will likely have already been released. Between the greater chance that it'll be effective (meaning you won't have to go through and pay for a second round of the vaccine) and the good chance that it'll be covered for women who fall within the recommended age range, I'm going to wait. But talk with your doctor about Cervarix vs. Gardasil anyway - at least s/he'll know that you're looking to get it when it comes out if you decide to wait for Cervarix.

  • If you're between 27 and 55 years old and male, I'm honestly not sure what to tell you. It looks like GSK hasn't bothered testing Cervarix in men at all and isn't planning on doing so (that could change if there's more demand amongst men in this age range for an approved HPV vaccine), so I can't even begin to predict how effective it would be. My apologies, but it looks like you have a much more difficult choice than any of the previously mentioned groups. A discussion with your doctor is definitely in order.



A vaccine that protects you from even a few forms of cancer is one of those things we've been dreaming about for years. Please don't let it pass you by.

[1] There is no vaccine for all forms of HPV, just like there's no flu shot for all forms of the flu. Both Gardasil and Cervarix are focused on cancer-causing strains of HPV, but Gardasil does cover some wart-causing strains as well (there is overlap between strains that cause warts and cancer). It looks like both vaccines help prevent strains beyond the ones they specifically grant immunity for, but we don't really know how much help they are.
[2] For the love of God, whatever age or gender you are, get a titer. I can not emphasize this enough: you do not know that you are actually protected until you get a positive titer result. This is doubly important for people who get a vaccine off-recommendation, but everyone should have it done. I found out when I got a Hepatitis B titer about a year ago that I did not have immunity, despite getting the series done entirely according to the book when I was in high school. Get a titer!
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NPR is doing a call-in show regarding the Big Dig at 3 PM. I'm far more curious what the general feeling is amongst the people who live here than the excuses the politicoes are coming up with, and I figured I'd let others know about it as well. If you can't get WBUR from where you are (90.9 FM in the Boston area), you can always go for the streaming audio.
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NPR is doing a call-in show regarding the Big Dig at 3 PM. I'm far more curious what the general feeling is amongst the people who live here than the excuses the politicoes are coming up with, and I figured I'd let others know about it as well. If you can't get WBUR from where you are (90.9 FM in the Boston area), you can always go for the streaming audio.

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