Friday, April 13, 2007

Vet's Estimate: 39,000 Pets Sickened or Killed

I found this little tidbit via Howl911, the best source for food recall news these days. The Associated Press reports that a major pet hospital chain estimates the number of dogs and cats poisioned is 39,000:
Banfield, The Pet Hospital, said an analysis of its database, compiled from records collected by its more than 615 veterinary hospitals, suggests that three out of every 10,000 cats and dogs that ate the pet food contaminated with melamine developed kidney failure. There are an estimated 60 million dogs and 70 million cats in the United States, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

A vet is later quoted saying that this is actually a small percentage.

"On a percentage basis it's not breathtaking, but unfortunately it's a number that, if it was your pet that was affected, it's too high," veterinarian Nancy Zimmerman, Banfield's senior medical adviser, said of the newly estimated incidence rate.

Imagine if 39,000 people all got sick (and thousands of them died) from poisoned food. How do you think that would play?

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