Pet food Recalls

Pet Food Recalls

The FDA provides a list of recalls in real time. To look up up any recalls that may affect your furry friend, please head over to the FDA Pet Food Recall Page


Pet Food Recalls: Keeping Your pets Safe

You have probably noticed the increase in pet food recalls recently. The frequency and severity of contamination in foods and treats has the veterinary community and the pet parent community on high alert. Both cat and dog owners have experienced the wave of fear that takes over when another recall is announced. 

The presence of harmful contaminants is the main the reason behind pet food recalls. The most common types of bacterial contamination are salmonella, listeria and types of mold or fungus. These are alarming in that not only can they make your dog or cat extremely ill but the humans in the house are at risk as well. You and your family can become exposed to the bacteria from contact with your pet (or even from contact with the contaminated food) and become ill, as well. 

Recalls may also occur when foreign and/or poisonous substances (such as melamine, metal shavings, unsafe antibiotics and more) have been detected in pet food. Recently a pet food was recalled because it contained trace amounts of a drug used in euthanasia.

Many of the problematic pet food and particularly treat recalls have been from suppliers in China. Because of the differences in regulations and production laws between China and the United States, brands that continue to import their product from China have faced recurring issues. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so start by choosing a brand that’s manufactured in the U.S. 


Post 1  May 23, 2018

Castor & Pollux, Merrick Dog Treats Recalled For High Thyroid Hormone Levels, Hyperthyroid Dog Alerted Authorities


Merrick Pet Care is announcing a recall for three of its Merrick brand beef dog treats and two of its Castor & Pollux brand beef dog treats because they could contain elevated levels of beef thyroid hormone. Merrick was alerted to the problem after the FDA notified the company that a dog was diagnosed with diet-related thyrotoxicosis due to the consumption of beef jerky dog treats that were made using the thyroid glands of cows. The dog’s health has since improved according to the company press release, and the pup has fully recovered.


Post 2 May 23,2018

The J.M. Smucker Company (the same company that made the tainted Gravy Train dog food) announced a recall of Milo’s Kitchen dog treats after the FDA told them that dogs became ill because the products contain elevated levels of beef thyroid hormone.

According to the recall notice, “Dogs consuming high levels of beef thyroid hormone may exhibit symptoms such as increased thirst and urination, weight loss, increased heart rate and restlessness. These symptoms may resolve when the consumption of these levels is discontinued. However, with prolonged consumption, these symptoms may increase in severity and may include vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid or labored breathing. Should these symptoms occur, we recommend pet owners contact their veterinarian immediately.”

Post 3 May 23,2018

J.M. Smucker confirms there is a euthanasia drug in the animal fat they used in their dog food brands Gravy Train, Kibbles & Bits, Ol’ Roy and Skippy, according to an FDA news report. Since the verification of tests on the affected dog food, the agency reclassified Smucker’s silent withdrawal to an official recall.
According to an update from Smucker’s Friday, the company claims that pentobarbital-laced animal fat was sourced from either a cow, a chicken or a pig, “which are common sources in pet food.” They also claim that “DNA tests ruled out the presence of six other animals: cats, dogs, horses, lambs, goats, and turkeys.”


Post 4 Aug 28, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers and pet owners not to use drug products, including homeopathic drug products, made by King Bio Inc., Asheville, N.C., and labeled as Dr. King’s, as these products may pose a safety risk to people (especially infants, children, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems), as well as pets due to high levels of microbial contamination identified at the manufacturing site. King Bio has expanded its voluntary recall for a second time to include all water-based (aqueous) drug products marketed for human and animals. The FDA recommends that consumers stop using and dispose of these products immediately.