As a result of the recent voluntary recall of Blue Buffalo’s Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight, Chicken Dinner with Garden Vegetables 12.5-ounce canned products due to the presence of aluminum, Central Veterinary Associates (CVA) is notifying all local pet owners of the dangers associated with Aluminum Toxicity. There have been no reports of illness or injury due to the contamination, but CVA cautions all pet owners that elevated intake of aluminum can be a hazard to a pet’s health.
Though aluminum is common in many sources, including everyday water and soil, high amounts of aluminum can be harmful to pets. This is especially true of those suffering from kidney disease – common in aging pets, or with gastrointestinal disorders, as they are unable to effectively excrete aluminum. Further, elevated intake of aluminum can affect the lung, bones and central nervous systems of a bet, which may lead to clinical and pathological symptoms.
“Though there have been no reported injuries from these products, pet owners should still take caution,” says Dr. John Charos, DVM, President/CEO, CVA. “We urge everyone who has purchased the aforementioned food products to immediately cease feeding it to their pets and to return it to the store from which it was purchased for a full refund.”
If you suspect that your pet is choking on metal, or any other type of item, CVA keeps its hospital in Valley Stream open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all major holidays. For more information about CVA or to make an appointment, call 1 (888) 4CVA-PET (428-2738) or visit www.centralvets.com.