The reports are mounting of sick pets who were fed one of the recalled dry dog or cat foods produced by Diamond Pet Foods in Gaston, South Carolina.
FDA acknowledges two lab-confirmed infected dogs. Two Canadian cats have died. No one knows how many other dogs and cats have been infected. No one knows how many households have lost a beloved pet. No one knows how many people have become ill after handling the contaminated dog food or their infected pets.
eFoodAlert has received reports from several readers – some via comments on the various Diamond Pet Foods recall stories, and some by email.
Total Illnesses/Deaths (as of July 20, 2012)
- All pet reports (includes FDA and media reports): 58 (8 dead)
- Cats: 15 (3 dead)
- Dogs: 40 (4 dead)
- Unspecified: 3 (1 dead)
- People (includes 49 confirmed cases): 53
If you would like to add your pets, yourself, or family members to this tally, please post your comment below. I will update the totals daily.
Following is a list summarizing the reports received so far (updated July 20, 2012)
From Kelly (July 20, 2012): Four dogs and one person.
From Bert (June 21, 2012): Two sick dogs, one sick cat, one household member hospitalized. The cat died.
From Betty (June 11, 2012): Three labs sick within a 6-week period; one in liver failure. Fed Kirkland Chicken and Rice.
From Tiffany (May 31st): One dog fed Taste of the Wild became ill.
From Linda (May 30th): Two dogs fed Taste of the Wild Bison. One dog died in January. The other recovered. Please read the story of Jelly and Bishop (in the Comments), told movingly by Linda.
From Elizabeth (May 29th): One sick dog; fed Taste of the Wild. Bloody stools, projectile vomiting.
From Hannah (May 24th): Two sick Border Collies, fed Taste of the Wild.
From Karen (May 23rd): I fed 4Health to my 4 collies this Winter and Spring. In March, 3 of them got sick. One died. The 2 girls were seniors. They got better after I started feeding them Fromm and then Earthborn. I can’t stress strongly enough how much Earthborn and Fromm helped my girls get better. If you need to run for cover to a new feed, run to one of these 2 brands. I went to Diamond and talked to their vet about the issues with my dogs. I was told that they were getting reports of all kinds of people with dogs dying from pinworms, etc. which folks claimed were due to the Diamond dog food. I was told that unless I had a signed note form my vet stating that a test proved the dog died from salmonella, that they would not recognize any issues with my collies. I was stunned. I did take a poop sample to my vet, but since it was so obvious what was killing my collie, the vet didn’t see the need to do the test. What regret I have over that.
From MG (May 21st): One sick dog; fed Taste of the Wild
From Alex (May 21st): English Mastiff puppy eating Diamond Large Breed Puppy was sickened…diarrhea, fever.
From Savannah (May 19th): Have two sick cats from feeding call of the wild here in southern Ontario.
From Tisha (May 19th): Today, both dogs are sick $$$$. They have only been eating the food for 2 days. This time it was Natural Balance.
From Kathy (May 19th): My dog was rushed to hospital April 15th. Fever 104 and raging diarrhea. Three days in hospital and almost died. Home now and much better on non diamond food. He was eating costco kirkland chicken and rice.
From Donna (May 19th): I have two sick dogs and my husband was sick as well.
From Betty (May 19th): All 3 of my labs became ill from eating diamond pet food (kirkland). Within about a 7 week period we had diarrhea, vomiting, and bloody stool.
From Dublin, Ireland (May 18th): One sick dog. Fed a recalled batch of Taste of the Wild.
From Kjell (May 17th): My dogs are fine, that was who I was watching for signs in. Now all of my cats, there are 10 in my house, have severe diarrhea and vomiting. I have a 20yr old cat, that I have had since a baby, that is part of my family, that I now have to take to the vet today, and more than likely put to sleep, due to complications. Unless my vet can perform a miracle.
From Palominomom (May 16th): I had 3 (out of 3) dogs get sick when I fed them out of a new bag of Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream food. I had been feeding this for over 6 months.. One dog was hospitalized for 3 days on IV’s, lost 10 lbs and took over 3 weeks to approach normal. The foster dog also ran 104 fever and refused a second meal of the food (at this time I did not know that TOTW was manufactured by Diamond).. I rushed her to the Emergency vet, she was treated and meds were given to me. Came home to 3rd dog with fever. I had the runs and stomach issues for 2 days.
From Nancy (May 15th): I fed Chicken Soup to my dogs for 5-6 years. This fall the food was a different color and they had diarrhea. I changed to TOTW…better for awhile then diarrhea began again. Went to vet, fed a bag of easy digest and gave flagyl. Then new bag of TOTW … Symptoms again. Repeated…THEN after buying new bag, read news. Threw away—and bought a new bag with April 13 code after plant was supposedly cleaned, etc. AGAIN my dogs developed dreadful liquid diarrhea. I am stupid, I guess. I have loved how my animals thrived on Chicken Soup and then TOTW. I wanted to support local farmers supply. I was furious when the supposedly new bag after cleaning and reopening make them sick again. That’s it and then I read THIS report … How awful. I am lucky my Plott Hound and Whippet didn’t die.
From taelcat (May 14th): I have been dealing with three sick pets, one has passed away and am trying to get to the bottom of it all.
From Kimberly (May 14th): My name is kimberly and I too have had a beloved pet die of this. My dog’s name is SIMON he was a 11 yr. old pit. My son’s 2yr old bulldog also was sick. We caught the 2yr old in time, he is doing much better after antibiotics. His name is Killian, and has much weight to gain back. Simon had died less than a week before I heard of the recall, and we stopped using the food with killian, and treated him for this illness.
From Harriet (May 9th): We were feeding our dogs, my daughters dog and My dog diamond pet food. Tammy’s dog is really sick since we fed him this food and 3 days ago my dog died after feeding her that food.