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I have a very good friend in Madison, WI who was feeding her cat Evangers canned mackarel as part of his diet. She was in China on business and left her cat to board at the vet as he had had multiple health problems and was finally healthy. She got a call from the vet that he got sick and died very suddenly. She assumed it was related to his previous health problems.

The vet did emergency surgery and was unable to save him. He then did an autopsy and suspected botulism based on the results. He sent the food sample off to be tested. My friend and the vet then received phone calls from the FDA saying that the company was under investigation and that there had been other cases regarding Evangers canned food causing sickness!

There is currently no recall happening but that is enough for me not to feed that food. The FDA just started their investigation on this case yesterday. Just wanted to let everyone know.
 

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Thanks for the heads up Ruth. How sad for your friend. I just bought 6 cans of Evangers dog food!
 

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Originally Posted By: BowWowMeowLong story:

I have a very good friend in Madison, WI who was feeding her cat Evangers canned mackarel as part of his diet. She was in China on business and left her cat to board at the vet as he had had multiple health problems and was finally healthy. She got a call from the vet that he got sick and died very suddenly. She assumed it was related to his previous health problems.

The vet did emergency surgery and was unable to save him. He then did an autopsy and suspected botulism based on the results. He sent the food sample off to be tested. My friend and the vet then received phone calls from the FDA saying that the company was under investigation and that there had been other cases regarding Evangers canned food causing sickness!

There is currently no recall happening but that is enough for me not to feed that food. The FDA just started their investigation on this case yesterday. Just wanted to let everyone know.
Ruth Evangers was not under investigation for this. They had an issue with some record keeping and the FDA was concerned about the temperature they were canning at or something so issued a cease production order, but Evangers quickly corrected the issue. There was no contamination issues or any danger with any of their products.

I really doubt it was botulism but please keep us updated.

Sorry to hear about your friend's loss....

Cherri
 

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The vet suspected botulism based on the results of the autopsy. The food is being tested so I will report back when the results come in.

This may be a separate investigation than the previous one.
 

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dog's systems are usually too quick for salmonella, but I never heard that they couldn't get botulism.
 

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Originally Posted By: KelseyI thought dogs weren't affected by botulism?
I had heard that, too, somewhere. But this animal that died was a cat. Poor kitty and poor lady!


I've been feeding my dog canned Evanger's for as long as I've had her, she's now 6 1/2 months old. I just bought another case today! When I read about the FDA investigations at Evanger's I called them and spoke with a manager personally and he assured me that no food has been recalled and that there had been no cases of botulism reported.

I hope they are right! It seems to be a great product and my dog looks fabulous, she has the thickest, shiniest, jet-black coat!

Thanks for letting us know about the cat and please let us know what they find out.
 
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