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Author Topic: Problems with Orijen in Australia  (Read 318613 times)
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« Reply #480 on: December 30, 2008, 10:28:30 AM »

I hope and pray Rocky is on her way to a full recovery.  May every day only continue to get better for her.

She's beautiful!

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« Reply #481 on: December 30, 2008, 01:12:20 PM »

Sending prayers that Rocky will continue to recover. And all the other kitties affected by this, too.
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« Reply #482 on: January 03, 2009, 11:36:48 AM »

Sending positive energy and prayers to Rocky and family.
Hope and prayers for continued improvement for all the kitties affected by the Orijen food.
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« Reply #483 on: January 03, 2009, 06:57:46 PM »

Update on our cats

Had a very bad night with little Hali she is feeling very unwell again Sad and is again having problems with mobility - so sad for the poor little darling she has put in a huge effort to get this far.

Evie is wobbly walking

Quoi still is unable to use her hind end gets around by scooting along with the strength in her front legs. Still has problems with incontinence

Uly is quite mobile though still has obvious problems with his hind end

Aub still has not progressed to paralysis but has obvious issues with his back and hind quarters

and I am not prepared to forget my darling Rob who is dead!!!

Nice of Orijen to offer assistance with vet bills (and that's all it is as it won't go even close to covering actual costs) but with a May cut off - we have been dealing with this for 6mths and there is no sign of let up. Their commercial decisions have caused this but they want to right it off as cheaply as they can and as soon as they can whilst still being seen to do something by their Nth American market. How nice for them - bad luck for those of us left with ongoing sick cats we have no choice but to keep dealing with every minute of every day!



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« Reply #484 on: January 03, 2009, 09:21:34 PM »

Thank you for up-dating us on your kitties' conditions.  Sorry Hali wasn't doing so well yesterday and hope for improvement in all of them.  Prayers for recovery.
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« Reply #485 on: January 03, 2009, 11:03:28 PM »

Prayers going out for the recovery of your kitties.
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« Reply #486 on: January 03, 2009, 11:21:40 PM »

I finally put together a spreadsheet of costs so far.
Vet costs are about 55% of the total cost of supporting Rocky since end of October. I know one person who has spent more than twice the amount Champion are offering just on testing. They're offering AUD$2000 per cat, but an MRI costs $3,500.

This is going to be an interesting learning experience. I still have to study the Champion offer properly, seeing as how I haven't received it from them - in spite of assurance there's someone reading the emails through the holidays, it's been five days since I applied for the forms and haven't even had an email of acknowledgement yet.

I'm glad to say that Rocky is still improving slowly:
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=WdNe_wVJpiM&feature=channel

I hope the other kitties are close to the corner.
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« Reply #487 on: January 03, 2009, 11:25:39 PM »

Happy to hear that Rocky is still improving.  Wishes for a full recovery.
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« Reply #488 on: January 04, 2009, 12:14:10 AM »

Glad to hear Rocky continues to improve.

Thank goodness for our wonderful holistic vet as Hali was worse today and its a Sunday and that means the oncall vet and I am not game to take her to a normal conventional vet (ours are OK because they know the problems she has had and are happy to work around that) as she now has great trouble tolerating conventional meds. I rang her and she talked me through what was going on and what to do about it and my little one 's temp has come down and she is starting to feel a little better.

It seems like one step forward and one step back on this very long road that hopefully leads to recovery.

Thank you to Poco, Mandycat, catwoods and Katdogs for your well wished for our kitties.
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« Reply #489 on: January 04, 2009, 03:55:23 AM »

Jo, I am too hoping to see continued improvement in all of the poor kitties who have gotten so ill...as far as the stress of trying to get help from Champion all I can suggest (after trying to communicate with Menu Foods after the disaster here in 2007) is to stay vocal-try to keep this horrible situation in the press somehow--try to find someone in the press who is willing to cover how all the kitties lucky enough to still be alive are doing and what is required both physically and financially to take care of them...This has such ramnifications with food irradiation and company accountability that goes way beyond pet foods..


Head pats and kisses to all of your guys....


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« Reply #490 on: January 04, 2009, 05:50:17 AM »

Jo, I hope your kitties will be better soon.

Very happy to hear that Rocky continues to improve.

Would like to see Champion cover all vet expenses, and not just a percentage.

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« Reply #491 on: January 04, 2009, 07:00:54 AM »

Sorry to hear about the bad night with Hali. Glad Rocky is doing better though. I really think Carol is right,you all need to be very vocal & try to keep this in print & on the web. The more exposure there is ,the less chance Champion will cover it up & not pay the bills incurred because of their food. They should be covering every expense,but I'm sure it will end up like menu with very little actually being paid.
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« Reply #492 on: January 04, 2009, 09:50:21 AM »

Jo sounds like you have an "angel vet" who is there for help no matter what the hour. Glad Rocky is improving and hoping Hali will have more up days too.
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« Reply #493 on: January 04, 2009, 06:18:57 PM »

I'm glad to hear of Rocky's continued gradual improvements.  Sending hopes that raggiesrule's cats will return to health, especially Hali, who seems to be having a rough time.  You all remain in my thoughts.
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« Reply #494 on: January 07, 2009, 11:36:13 AM »

On Orijens site about their compassion fund its says this:

Champion Petfoods sincerely regrets the circumstance surrounding ORIJEN cat foods in Australia and is announcing our ORIJEN
COMPASSION FUND to assist affected cats and their families in Australia.
The ORIJEN COMPASSION FUND is intended to provide for the reimbursement of related veterinary and medical expenses up to AUD
$2,000 per affected cat.
All eligible families are encouraged to apply for medical cost reimbursement under the ORIJEN COMPASSION FUND, with submissions
to accepted up until May 31, 2009.

Clark, Im wondering if you can explain how it is that Champion would only reimburse pet owners up to AUD $2000.00 (which by the way equals $1443.89 in U.S. dollars)?  Considering the severity of their medical issues CAUSED by eating Champions food, Orijen, Im guessing that the expenses for these pets could far exceed AUD $2000.00.  Many folks had pets affected before the problem was made public, the costs of diagnostic testing is extemely expensive and the length of time this condition is affecting these pets means continual monitoring by vets, etc.  IMO Champion should be covering 100% of vet bills at the very least and I would go as far as time loss from work for pet owners, etc.  I dont know what Champions profits have been (perhaps one could find that bit of info on the internet thingy) but I suspect the company makes more than enough to cover 100% of these vet bills considering it was their food that caused the problem. 

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