Dog Food Recalls
In the United States, it is required by law to list the ingredients of pet food on the label.
However, this law does not apply to treats. This means that many pet owners are unaware of what they are feeding their pets. In recent years, there have been a number of recalls due to harmful ingredients being found in pet food and treats. In our site, Our Pets HQ, we track recalls and share all info on dog food recalls, why they happen, and some of the brands that have been affected.
Read our guides on voluntary dog food recalls.
You can find all info on the latest dog food recalls – the latest being February 18, 2022.
We track government agencies as well as pet-focused organizations such as AAFCO and WSAVA on their recommendations.
What is dog food recall?
A dog food recall happens when a pet food or treat manufacturer decides to pull a product from the shelves due to safety concerns. The reasons for recalls can vary, but often include ingredients that are harmful to pets, such as salmonella and other bacteria, toxic chemicals, or metal fragments.
How common are dog food recalls?
Recalls are not common, but they do happen. In the past decade, there have been dozens of recalls of both dog food and treats. The most recent recall was in February 18, 2022 when multiple brands of Dollar Family Inc. were recalled for potential rodent infestation and potential to be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria
What brands have been recalled in the past?
Some of the most common brands that have been recalled in recent years include;
- Blue Buffalo,
- Hill’s Science Diet,
This is by no means a comprehensive list, and new recalls are announced all the time. For the most up-to-date information on dog food recalls, visit Our Pets HQ’s recalls page.
What should I do if my dog food is recalled?
If your dog’s food is recalled, you should stop feeding it to your pet immediately and contact the manufacturer for more information. You may also be able to return the food to the store where you bought it.
Are all recalls bad?
No, not all recalls are bad. Sometimes a product is recalled because the manufacturer has found a problem, but the product is still safe to eat. However, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and not feed a recalled product to your pet.
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Bacteria (such as Salmonella): Bacteria contamination such as Salmonella can cause serious illness in dogs and, in some cases, can be fatal.
Chemicals: Some chemicals, such as toxic metals, can be harmful to dogs if ingested.
Mold: Mold can cause respiratory problems in dogs and can also be dangerous if ingested.
Pesticides: Pesticides used on crops can find their way into pet food and can be harmful to dogs.
Animal parts: In some cases, animal parts (such as roadkill) have been found in pet food, posing a health risk to dogs.
Metal fragments: In some cases, metal fragments (such as from packaging) have been found in pet food, posing a risk to dogs' health.
Rodents infestation: Rodents can contaminate pet food with their droppings and urine, leading to serious health problems in dogs.
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