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April 18, 2007

Local veterinarians, others discourage homemade pet food

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Lisa O’Hara of Transfer said her 10-year-old golden retriever, Sir Laika, died from contaminated food. In January, after the family purchased canned pet food as a treat to mix with Sir Laika’s dry food, the retriever’s health deteriorated, she said. On March 2, the family took him to Uzarski for a blood test. By the next day, the dog was experiencing renal failure and quit eating altogether. He died at home on the evening of March 6. The O’Haras had to deliver the news to their children, ages 5 and 9, the next morning.

“Many clients have gotten blood work tests for pets, and it’s a pretty reasonable test to have done,” said Dr. Clark. “Having a blood test can check the kidney function to ensure your pet is healthy.”

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