Important information - product recall
18 July 2021
Recent spike in severe bone marrow disease
Vets at the Royal Veterinary College
have launched an investigation after they noticed a spike in cats presenting with symptoms of a mystery bone marrow disorder that causes a deficiency in all types of blood cells.
So far, around 60
cases have been identified, affecting cats in London
and the South East
but also as far afield as Scotland
The condition (also known as pancytopenia
) causes symptoms including unexplained bleeding from the mouth or nose and anaemia (a reduction in red blood cells causing pale gums and tiredness).
Owners and vets who have cats suffering with symptoms have been asked to fill out a survey
so they can discover the origins of a potential toxin.
Early investigations have raised suspicions that the condition is linked to diet, and as a result the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has recalled a number of products made by Fold Hill Foods
including: Applaws Cat Dry
, AVA diets
and Sainsburys hypoallergenic diets
To date, the CP Veterinary department has not been made aware that this condition has affected any cats in our care.
Please be vigilant
We would ask all cat carers and owners to be vigilant and to contact their vet should they have any concerns about a cat in their care. For the full list of affected products, please visit: https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/alert/fsa-prin-36-2021-update-1