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Heads up if you are feeding diamond.

Postby 12 Volt Man » Tue Dec 20, 2005 12:47 pm

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Postby ezzy333 » Tue Dec 20, 2005 3:57 pm

Did you notice the dates on those posts? If there was a problem it would have been recalled way before now. Aflotoxin can be tested for and I would bet it was even before htis so I am skeptical that we are hearing the true story here. Yes, its worth your attention but don't go off the deep end with no more knowledge than you have now.

So much of what you read id untrue. Like the corn cutting a dogs gut. Raise a dog on the farm and see where you find it half the time. Yep, in the corn crib eating corn off the cob or just plain shelled corn.

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Postby pear » Tue Dec 20, 2005 5:06 pm

ezzy, am I missing something your seeing? I went and read all of the posts and the oldest one looks to be 4 days old.........."pear"
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Postby 12 Volt Man » Tue Dec 20, 2005 5:15 pm

That is what I thought. It is all over several internet forums and it looks recent to me.
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Postby pear » Tue Dec 20, 2005 5:33 pm

I went back and looked again, and it looks to me like ezzy may have been looking at the date joined the forum on the "homesteading today forum" That is all I can see he'd be looing at, otherwise it looks like the oldest post is 4 days old.
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Postby pear » Tue Dec 20, 2005 5:39 pm

Just went to the Diamond Pet Food Site, it's real. Here is the link to the press release.... http://www.diamondpet.com/DiamondPet/news.php?data=9
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Postby Wagonmaster » Tue Dec 20, 2005 5:51 pm

here is a post from modernsportman.com, from one of the mods., who called Diamond:

I went to your link and read what is going on and immediately checked out the Diamond website. I called the 800 number there and this is what the lady at Diamond told me.

"There has been no recall yet. There has been one (1) bag tested of which contained aflatoxins. Unfortunately the people through the bag away after pouring the food into their own container.

Right now the concerns are for Diamond Dog Food produced at the Gaston facility. All Diamond users should check the production code on the bag and look for the letter 'G' (approximately the 12th character) . If your bag has the letter 'G' in this code DO NOT USE THE DOG FOOD YET.

The woman continued to say that their website will be updated tomorrow with the news and warning, and continue to keep their users informed.

She told me that here in the Indiana area I should be OK, but I checked my production code anyway. Mine has the letters 'MN' in the 11th and 12th position of the code.

This is a scary thing. Man, and I love this dog food.


ezzy is right, lots of bogus stuff gets put out there on the internet. but this one appears to be real. Go to http://www.diamondpet.com/DiamondPet/news.php?data=9
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Postby Birdhunter1 » Wed Dec 21, 2005 12:10 am

A buddy of mine is using diamond on his dog and I'm working on him to try and switch to Black Gold. Maybe this will help.

I use to feed that exact stuff and liked it, till I switched to Black Gold.
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Postby snips » Wed Dec 21, 2005 6:57 am

I heard last nite of a guys dog in Ga getting sick, don`t know the condition yet. They thought it had been poisened. Will know more today.
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Postby ezzy333 » Wed Dec 21, 2005 10:07 am

Pear, I think you are right. On the Homesteading forum I must have been.

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Postby grant » Wed Dec 21, 2005 10:44 am

Looks like I've got a bag of the food between the suspected dates. Dogs are almost finished with it. I'm going to toss it, and luckily the dogs haven't been sick.

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Postby pear » Wed Dec 21, 2005 10:50 am

This was a GREAT! heads up by my buddie the "Jumper Cable Guy". Thanks buddy you may have saved some dogs here......"pear"
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Postby mountaindogs » Fri Dec 23, 2005 10:49 am

Thanks! Looks like my food too was from that batch :( Just dumped it yesterday and ran to get a new food. I don't like switching so abrubtly but no choice.
Thanks for the heads up, though!!
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Postby Jon » Fri Dec 23, 2005 2:01 pm

crosspost gsp-l-request@web.whc.net on behalf of; CRYSTALKENNELS@aol.com

New York State Veterinary Medical Society released a Bulletin today regarding
the Aflatoxin found in the Diamond Dog foods.....

"The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is aware of a
serious Aflatoxin contamination in Dog food manufactured by Diamond Pet foods.
Since December 13 there have been reports, primarily from the Rochester area of
at least 5 owners with dogs that became sick after being fed a Diamond Pet
food product. A total of 14 dogs have been affected and 6 of them have died (
dated yesterday). Testing of three of the dogs that died through Cornell
University has confirmed aflatoxicosis as the probable cause of death in all 3
animals. In addition testing of Diamond Pet food samples from these households has
revealed at least one sample containing 239 ppb, 2.5 times the toxic level of
aflatoxin for dogs."

We had 2 Mastiffs in our clinic today that had been eating the potentially
affected food for 6 weeks. The one dog was lethargic and had been
vomiting...both symptoms of aflatoxin exposure. Blood was drawn and Cornell was consulted.
Dr. Sharon Center informed us that they have had 12 cases with 8 Labs now
hospitalized from one kennel. Cornell is setting up a separate ward just for these
cases....as they expect more. Dr, Center informed us that a Syracuse area
veterinarian had 14 cases...all died. A veterinarian in Rochester had 12 cases
with over half dying. Most of the reported cases are in the Central NYS area so
far..however the food has been shipped all across the Eastern Seaboard. Dr.
Center stated dogs can appear normal with blood work only showing slightly
increased ALT levels ....these dogs have crashed and bled out hours later.

Symptoms include: Acute vomiting within hours of ingesting contaminated food,
anorexia, depression, increased water consumption and urine output and
possiblt death within 3 days of ingesting the contaminated food. Dogs may have
evidence of bleeding problems such as blood in the stool or vomitus, bruising or
accumulation of blood in chest or abdominal cavities.

Subacute : occurs after chronic ingestion of lower levels over 2-3 weeks.
Lethargy, anorexia, changes in liver enzymes and jaundice.

Chronic: immuno-suppression, increased susceptibility to infectious agents.
There is also a increased risk of liver cancer in animals exposed to chronic
low levels of aflatoxins and in animals that have recovered from acute or
subacute poisonings.

There is NO known treatment....only removing the exposure source and
supportive care. Please spread the word to anyone possibly feeding this
Food............

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