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What veterinarians say about pet food recalls

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Experts say rat poison is what's contaminating dog and cat food, sparking a nationwide recall. Veterinarian offices across the country have been dealing with increased amounts of patients and questions since the recall was announced.

 "We've had a lot of phone calls from a lot of concerned people. We've taken a lot of blood samples from pets; fortunately for us they have turned out to be normal for their particular status," says Dr. Brian Hunter, a veterinarian who has been working with animals for decades.

Hunter also says that rat poison being the culprit for problems in pet food does not change the course of treatment.

"The issue is the rat poison causes kidney failure. By the time the animal is being presented to the veterinarian the issue is kidney failure regardless of the cause, so it hasn't changed a thing."

With a nation wide total of less than 20 pets killed, Hunter says he has not seen a positive case of sickness caused by the food in Spokane. While some pets may have eaten the food, they have not shown signs of sickness.

Some signs to watch for if you think your pet may be suffering from a sickness related to the recall are thirst, vomiting and frequent urination.

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