I can say for a fact that I got a bad bag of this. I recently started feeding my hounds the blue bag. I have 1 pit bull and 5 beagles I have fed this. 1 of my beagles in particular got really sick about a month ago. Symptoms - lack of appetite, weight loss but stomach really full of fluid, jaundice, and very sluggish. If I feed him something else like a wet food he would eat it like it was his last meal. 1st trip to the vet they really didn’t see anything other than a few round worms. I had wormed him 2 days prior so nothing alarming there. They did a heart worm test and it came back negative. The vet gave him a can of the science diet wet stuff and he chomped that down. So the vet really wasn’t concerned after that. Gave me some worm medicine and sent us on our way. 1 week later symptoms were worse. I thought he was going to die any minute so I took him to another vet. They ended up running a test on him and found that his numbers to his liver were highly elevated. She didn’t know if he had cancer or a very bad disease. The vet asked me had he eaten anything to cause this to happen. I told her I have just been feeding him normal dog food the sportmix. She gave me 5 different prescriptions for my dig. I don’t know the names of them off the top of my head but it was antibiotics. a medicine for the liver and something for gall bladder. It took about 2 weeks for him to come out of it but he is doing a lot better now after spent $500 in vet bills and prescriptions. I have to take him back to get a final check up. I will pass along the information about this recall. I’m glad you posted this info Patrick Genova
because I would’ve never known why my dog got so sick and almost died. Also I can let the vet know so they can be more precise if he needs more treatment.
Keep all of the information and get copies what the Vet has provided to you and contact the Sportsmix company requesting payment compensation for costs to your vet. Send a very terse letter and may have to start a Class Action suit to get payment for vet costs, etc. Good luck to you, hope you follow through with this. Let us know how it works out. JMO
Yes I have all the vet records so far and will keep the ones I get in the future if any. My problem will be proving that I had a bag of sportmix that was contaminated as that bag has been long gone. I will start by obtaining my receipt from Tractor Supply where I purchased it from and go from there. Good advice and I will follow up with this. I am not a sue happy person but I do want to be compensated for my vet bills.
Getting your vet bills paid are a priority, see if TSC has the lot number of the feed so it can be cross referenced to a bag you purchased. A class action suit should be some thing Sport mix does not want to deal with.
Imagine if you had FC females, or males that died, or just a female you planned to breed it would be a major loss if you totaled the cost out through their breeding and litter years.
Unbelievable, good luck and keep us informed.
Don't take NO as the final answer from the company. They have insurance to deal with situations like this. JMO
I contacted Sportmix by phone and left a message on their customer service line they have set up for the recall Monday. They called me back today and got my details and description of what which Sportmix I fed my dog, how long and what were his symptoms. They asked for permission to contact my vet tomorrow and get the info from the blood tests and such. She also told me that from what I told her she is going to put a claim in with their insurance company to reimburse me for my vet bills and for the bad bag of dog food. We will see. Another side note, the person that called me today was a Veterinarian.
The Food and Drug Administration has expanded a recall and is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about high levels of aflatoxin in some pet foods after 70 dogs reportedly died and over 80 others were sickened.