Don't beat yourself up Emily. From what I have read the Nutro recall was only for the dry Nutro foods.
I am so sorry Denzel has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I do understand the pain you are feeling. We do the best we can with the resources we have. Sharyl --- On Sat, 5/23/09, Emily Hunter <emilyofw...@aol.com> wrote: > From: Emily Hunter <emilyofw...@aol.com> > Subject: [Felvtalk] Zinc and anemia > To: "Felv Talk List" <email@example.com> > Date: Saturday, May 23, 2009, 3:40 AM > Since anemia can be a persistent and > deadly problem for felv+ cats, the recent recall of some of > the Nutro foods is disturbing to me. The reason given for > the recall is a problem with the amounts of zinc and > potassium. Apparently too much zinc leads to copper > deficiency and anemia, although this is not particularly > common in cats. I started reading about this condition > literally a few hours before Denzel died, because one of the > symptoms of copper deficiency in black cats (he originally > was solid black) is that their fur turns rust colored - by > that time Denzel was almost looking like a tortie! I didn't > follow up with the vet about what I'd been reading because > all the docs who were treating Denzel were pretty sure his > anemia had to be from hemobart. (Nothing was detected under > the microscope, but I understand that's fairly common.) > > I'm definitely feeling guilty because I actually got him > some of the Nutro soft food when he started to get sick that > last time, because I liked the ingredient list. Logically I > know that a couple of pouches wouldn't cause the whole > problem, but now I wonder if some of his other food may have > had a similar problem, or if he got ahold of one of the zinc > pills my mom and I were both taking for cold season. > > Anyway, my reason for posting this is to let others > fighting the dreaded anemia know that this is something to > check with your vets about; maybe copper supplementation can > help prolong some kitties' lives. (But do not supplement > without a vet's guidance! Cats only need a trace amount of > copper!) > > -Emily (I know, I read too much for my own good!) > Sent from my iPhone > > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org