Pet Food Recalls

Deb D’Andrea, Nederland.  It seems like every week I’m reading about pet food recalls. Some recalls are done by the food companies prior to any one getting sick; other recalls are done after several beloved family members have died and then, their deaths are found to be food related.

 

Food recalls happen for a variety of reasons; from Salmonella to Listeria monocytogenes to Pentobarbital and many other contaminants that find their way into the food chain. Even medication recalls occur. For instance, April 2017 Phenobarbital tablets were labeled at 15mg, but the actual package contained 30mg tablets. In May 2017 there was a labeling mix-up between Amitriptyline HCL and Phenobarbital tablets. It’s not only pet food and medications, but treats are also recalled. Rawhide chews have been recalled several times this year for contamination with Quaternary ammonium compound and Salmonella.

 

It’s important to stay on top of recalls to ensure your beloved pet is getting the best food possible. I visit the US FDA page when beginning to research recalls and withdrawals:

 

 

https://www.fda.gov/animalveterinary/safetyhealth/recallswithdrawals/

 

 

And have also found the AVMA page to be of value:

 

 

https://www.avma.org/News/Issues/recalls-alerts/Pages/pet-food-safety-365-day.aspx

 

 

Along with Pet MD:

 

 

http://www.petmd.com/news/topics/alert-recalls

 

 

There are many web sites you can find with a simple search for pet food recalls. Some of these sites provide you the ability to sign up and receive email alerts, but I typically just visit them to see what is being recalled and if it effects what I feed, or what I know my clients and friends feed. It’s much easier to spend a couple minutes a week scanning the recalls to ensure your pet’s food is safe, than visiting the vet because your pet is showing signs of discomfort.

 

Many times pets will refuse to eat their food because they can smell something is wrong with it. It’s wise to heed your pets’ nose and instincts in these instances. Sometimes it is them being finicky or bored with the same old food. While other times it’s because their food has reached the expiration date and is foul, or because there’s something else going on. If they turn their noses up and walk away, it is wise to do a quick search to see if their food is on the recall or withdrawals list. Also check the expiration date on their food to see if it’s expired. With the oils in food, many times even our noses can smell it’s bad!

 

Till next time. Deb D’Andrea, founder of 4TheLuvOfDogz & the Caribou Dog Ranch is recognized by the State of Colorado as a Certified Canine Massage Therapist and will visit your home or Vets office to work with your dog. Canine Agility may be offered at the Caribou Dog Ranch in 2017 if there is interest. Deb currently has limited availability for new Petz Nanny Clients; and she bakes up fresh dog treats & doggy birthday cakes per order. For information contact Deb at 720-675-7078 or email: info@4theluvofdogz.com.

Deb D'Andrea

Deb D’Andrea, columnist for The Mountain Ear, and founder of 4TheLuvOfDogz & the Caribou Dog Ranch is recognized by the State of Colorado as a Certified Canine Massage Therapist and visits your home or Vet to work with your dog. Canine Agility may be offered at the Caribou Dog Ranch in 2018 if there is interest. Deb currently has limited availability for new Petz Nanny Clients; and she bakes up fresh dog treats & doggy birthday cakes per order. For information contact Deb at 720-675-7078 or email: info@4theluvofdogz.com.