Ever since I heard the news about the product recall on Friday night, I have been worried that Arthur and Beowulf will become ill. As I mentioned, I fed them Nutro Natural Choice packet food on a regular basis.
That last time they ate Nutro was last Thursday or Wednesday. They have shown no signs of being ill in any way. However, if all Nutro was contaminated for months (perhaps as far back as December), then they were eating contaminated food for months.
My fiancee Liz called our vet on Tuesday and asked if we should take them in for tests. The vet told her not to bother bringing the boys in for a checkup unless they started to show symptoms. They seem fine. OTOH, do you think this food could have long-term negative effects?
Most sources I've read claim that if your pet is ill, he will become ill within a very short period of time after eating the contaminated food. But just now I read an article on ABCnews.com where a leading vet said something a little different.
According to ABC, veterinarian Cathy Langston, of New York's Animal Medical Center said "I'm worried that there are more deaths to come from chronic renal failure over the next several months. It's not over."
Is it "not over" because people with this contaminated food in their pantries will continue feeding it and unknowingly poisoning their pets or because people like me will get an unpleasant surprise several months from now?
I also consulted an online friend who is a vet and told me that I should go with my vet's advice. What do you all think? Am I reading too much into the ABC News quote?