Hi Catherine; ... From: Catherine Browning ... We don t have the FDA in Canada. While the FDA is sending out warnings and
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, May 2, 2010
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From: "Catherine Browning" <Catherine.Browning@...>
> *sigh* I love my country, but I sometimes think that my beautiful
> furbabies would live longer in the US or Canada, There aren't a lot
> of good vets for cats with heart disease in Australia. There's only
> one Veterinary Cardiologist in my entire state -- thankfully he's only
> 40 mins drive away, but he's not up-to-date, for example, he'd never
> heard of Nattokinase until I mentioned it to him, and the possibility
> of an alternative to the toxic effects of aspirin didn't seem to
> particularly excite him.
We don't have the FDA in Canada. While the FDA is sending out warnings and
recalls on a daily basis, we seem to have one listeria testing kit and one
salmonella kit that is pulled out of the drawer once every couple of weeks
or so. The most recent "hydrolized protein" fiasco that was in spices,
mixes, and you name it, was a prime example, where we only had a couple of
blanket postings from the CFIA.
> I seem to remember that in the US you also have access to a vitamin
> supplement designed for cats with heart disease called
> Cardio-Strength? This is still an illegal import in Australia, where
> our TGA (therapeutic goods administration, kinda like the FDA) hasn't
> gotten around to approving it yet, even though I've been trying to get
> my hands on it for 7 years now.
Well in that respect, the US isn't any better than you are when it comes to
some important changes. Here in Canada we have the ability to give our
diabetic cats Lantus/Glargine, and the best research on this has come out
Australia through Jacquie Rand and her friends. This insulin keeps cats
within range 24/7 which means that cats don't suffer organ damage from
or hypoglycemia. It is very hard for owners to get this insulin in the US,
so I am sure those owners would have great empathy with you.
Then, in the UK, I think pet food labeling is very poor as they aren't
controlled by any organization such as the AAFCO. This means owners don't
have the ability to assess foods before purchasing and watching results on
We have been in the position of not being able to acquire what can be
purchased right across our border, too.
AND, to my knowledge, there is no good cardiologist in Western Canada. I
know that if we wanted to try risking surgery for Pepper we had to go
to California, or Toronto.
Not to belittle your rant at all, we all have walls to climb. )-;
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