“Some updated information from Iams. I sincerely apologize if you are trying to call Iams Consumer Relations and cannot get through. The call volume is very high.
Etiology: The cause has not been confirmed. External and internal experts are focused on finding a causal factor as quickly as possible.
Clinical signs: The clinical signs described in our data base are as follows:
*Acute vomiting shortly after ingestion of food (approximately 1-12 hours post ingestion)
*Anorexia and lethargy
*May or may not demonstrate excessive salivation, hematuria, weakness, and oral ulcerations
*Kidney values (BUN, Creatinine, and Phosphorus) are greatly elevated. Most are higher than in-clinic reference range.
Treatment: Patients are treated with supportive care for acute renal failure (IV fluids, antacids, etc.) Veterinarians should use a treatment protocol best suited to the individual needs of their patient. Even though renal values are exceptionally high, patients are responding favorably with values slowly progressing toward normal.
Iams is a reputable company and will do the right thing. We will be reimbursing clients for their veterinary expenses where we have documented cases of renal failure in dogs or cats who have eaten the affected code dates. For clients who have a dog or cat that is not showing any clinical signs, but would like them checked, we are advising an examination, CBC, chemistry profile, and urinalysis. However, if you can only get a small amount of blood, a BUN,creatinine, and phosphorus will provide you with the most pertinent information.
Melody Foess Raasch, D.V.M.
Iams-P&G Pet Care, NA”
*Thanks to kestrel91316 at Democratic Underground for this info