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Pet Food News / Pet Food Safety
on April 28, 2011

Dog deaths linked in South Africa petfood scare

More than 21 dogs dead, according to Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute

The Pet Institute of South Africa reported that at least 21 dogs have died from eating contaminated dry dog food.

The dogs were diagnosed by the Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute in Gauteng, South Africa, as having died of aflatoxocosis. Three brands linked with the contaminated petfood are Hi-Pro, Legends and Buddies.

The Pet Food Industry Association and the South African Veterinary Association are working together to try to stop the deaths. If a dog is showing signs of being unhappy, uncomfortable, depressed, off its food, nauseous and/or vomiting, pet owners are urged to immediately withdraw its food and take the dog to the nearest veterinarian. Pet owners are advised to take the original packaging of the dog's food along with them.

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