The cardinal of dogs addled bottomward by a debilitating and cureless affliction has risen to added than 70 as a accepted pet aliment continues to be advised as a accessible cause.
Manufacturer Mars Petcare Australia voluntarily recalled its Advance Dermocare dry dog ambit from 500 aliment bristles weeks ago afterwards a apropos and alien fasten in megaesophagus cases.
University of Melbourne says the cardinal of megaesophagus cases has risen to 65, and the dogs ate Advance Dermocare in all of them, the ABC’s 7.30 reports.
But Mars Petcare Australia said in a account to Daily Mail Australia that it understands that the university is advertisement 74 cases of the condition.
The university says it will booty months to actuate whether there was a absolute articulation to the food.
Shirley Benn’s five-year-old maremma Chief had to be put bottomward in February due to doubtable megaesophagus. ‘He was my best friend,’ devastated buyer Shirley Benn told Daily Mail Australia
Shirley Benn misses her best acquaintance Chief. ‘Not a day goes by aback I don’t cry about him,’ she told Daily Mail Australia
It’s accepted the cardinal of megaesophagus deaths stands at eight.
A attenuate disease, megaesophagus boring closes the throat, authoritative bistro and bubbler – alike animation – added difficult.
Symptoms accommodate bad breath, coughing, acute weight-loss and added animation noises.
In the New South Wales boondocks of Port Stephens, Shirley Benn and her ancestors fabricated the affecting accommodation to put bottomward their admired five-year-old maremma Chief in February due to megaesophagus.
Ms Benn was devastated to acquisition out aloof weeks afterwards Chief’s afterlife that it could accept been acquired by his dog food
‘To see him go from a 58 kilogram dog to beneath 50 kilograms and not be able to angle up was horrible. He couldn’t alike abdomen ice cubes afterwards throwing up.’
‘He was my best friend,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘He’d aloof angry five. He was our baby, our protector and fabricated us laugh. Best canicule aback my bedmate was at assignment and the kids were at school, it was he and I.’
Chief was taken to the vet on February 1.
He was diagnosed with megaesophagus two weeks afterwards and was euthanised the abutting day.
‘It was the best accommodating affair to do,’ Mrs Benn said.
‘The vet told us there was annihilation added they could do. To see him go from a 58 kilogram dog to beneath 50 kilograms and not be able to angle up was horrible. He couldn’t alike abdomen ice cubes afterwards throwing up.’
Chief’s buyer Shirley Benn hopes the advancing analysis and contempo media acknowledgment will force changes. ‘If this happened to humans, there would be a civic uproar,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
Mrs Benn was devastated to acquisition out aloof weeks afterwards Chief’s afterlife that it could accept been acquired by his dog food.
‘I was abashed and access into tears,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘To anticipate that the aliment I chose for him may accept dead him is shattering. I’d like to see the aggregation be added compassionate and for the pet aliment industry to be added regulated. The aggregation says it will awning some of the amount of vet bills of afflicted dogs but annihilation is activity to accompany Chief back.’
She still misses her best friend.
‘Not a day goes by aback I don’t cry about him,’ Ms Benn said.
‘Life has been so difficult.’
Chief was taken to the vet on February 1. He was diagnosed with megaesophagus two weeks afterwards and was euthanised the abutting day
Ms Benn hopes the advancing analysis and contempo media acknowledgment will force changes.
‘If this happened to humans, there would be a civic uproar,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
Nine Victoria Badge dogs were additionally addled bottomward with the disease.
One badge dog died while addition was accepted to be euthanised at the time of the artefact recall.
Since then, abounding owners accept announced out to say their dogs were diagnosed with the action afterwards actuality fed Advance Dermocare.
The Advance Dermocare (pictured) ambit in 3kg, 8kg and 15kg accoutrements was voluntarily taken off shelves civic in March
Nine-year-old labradoodle Stan absent about bristles kilograms and relied on intravenous drips for fluids aback he was diagnosed with megaesophagus in March. Sadly, the abundant admired pet has back succumbed to the disease
Titan additionally ate the accepted dog aliment cast afore he was addled bottomward with the condition
Nine associates of the Victoria Badge Dog Squad accept been addled bottomward by megaesophagus, which causes an enlarged oesophagus
Nine-year-old labradoodle Stan absent about bristles kilograms and relied on intravenous drips for fluids aback he was diagnosed with megaesophagus in March.
Sadly, the abundant admired pet has back succumbed to the disease.
Meanwhile, the owners of addition dog diagnosed had to body a armchair so their admired aureate retriever Holly could sit cocked while she eats because she can’t absorb properly, the ABC reports.
The Department of Correctional Services in South Australia has additionally euthanised one dog afterward a bender of pneumonia and addition is ailing with megaesophagus.
As able-bodied as Advance, Mars Petcare makes accepted pet foods including Chum, Pedigree, Schmackos and Whiskas.
‘The bloom and wellbeing of Australian pets is our cardinal one priority, and we appetite to assure pet owners and veterinarians that we accept their best interests at heart,’ a Mars Petcare Australia backer told Daily Mail Australia.
‘We are acutely afflicted that a array of Australian dogs that captivated Advance Dermocare dry dog aliment accept been diagnosed with alien megaoesophagus.’
The ailing dogs apprenticed the debilitating action in December and are still aggressive the ‘extremely attenuate illness’ (Victoria Badge dog pictured)
She said extensive tests on the artefact had not begin a basis cause.
‘In the meantime, and as pet owners ourselves, we feel for pet owners who accept absent their dogs to megaoesophagus, or whose dogs accept been diagnosed with the condition,’ the backer said.
‘Despite no basis account actuality identified, we accept commenced the action of contacting pet owners to accommodate support, including alms to balance vet bills.
The autonomous anamnesis on the dry aliment ambit charcoal in place.
Pet owners who accept purchased Advance Dermocare dry dog aliment in 3kg, 8kg and 15kg accoutrements should acknowledgment the artefact to the abundance they purchased it from for a abounding refund.
‘No added Advance articles or varieties are afflicted by the recall,’ the backer said.
The Federal Government has no affairs to get involved.
‘The account of the dog deaths is still beneath analysis and Advance Dermocare has been voluntarily recalled from the shelves,’ Agriculture Minister David Littleproud told the ABC.
Victoria Police’s Dog Squad has been addled bottomward with megaesophagus, which causes the animals’ throats to acutely abutting up