According to a story in the AP it appears that the pet food recall has been expanded again, to include another brand of wet food, as well as a dry cat food. It makes me very glad that my poor sweet Vi and her husband Chico are eating Iams dry (small bites for their small mouths, of course).
What makes me concerned, however, is that we have no way of knowing if this same wheat gluten that was added to the wet food has made its way into the dry food. It seriously makes me wonder if I should switch brands, which would be very upsetting to their digestive systems (you know you're not supposed to switch all of a sudden, right?). But then again, there's absolutely no way of knowing whether any of the dry food manufacturers have bought this same wheat gluten imported from China for their dry formulas, so it's entirely possible that you could switch them to something worse (and there's the possibility, also, that the Iams they're eating right now is perfectly safe). Sure makes the case for "buy American", doesn't it?
However, one new development confuses the crap out of me - seems that the rat poison may be the least of the problems ... a new ingredient has been found ... melamine. Yep, the same stuff that my first dishes were made of (back in the day when I moved out of the house and went out on my own). What in hell is *melamine* doing in pet food????? Did someone think that it was going to be benign??? Maybe they decided to "cut" the gluten with the powdered melamine to make it go farther and help their sales out, like a drug dealer would do with their heroin or cocaine. (Hey! Don't get any ideas! I've seen a *lot* of movies, that's all!)
In the interest of helping my friends and drive-bys who love their pets, here is the list of affected wet food brands, as of 8:00a (PST) ... but I'm not sure if the links will work ... if not, I encourage you to go to http://www.menufoods.com/recall/product_dog.html, which I'm betting will continue to be updated: