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Pet Dangers - Keeping An Eye On Dog Food and Treat Recalls

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The last couple of years have seen a number of dog food and treat recalls by both small and large companies. Recalls can occur as a result of issues that occur at any stage of the production process and can seemingly affect every company and brand. For this reason, it's important to closely monitor dog food and treat recalls and immediately stop using any products that are subject to a recall.

How to find out if my dog's food / treats have been recalled

Unfortunately, while dog food and treat recalls are often newsworthy, you cannot rely on local or national news to make you aware of these recalls in a timely manner. Instead, we recommend watching dog food and treat recall lists online for the food and treat brands that you purchase. Here are a few of our favorites:

Both Dog Food Advisor and Petful allow you to sign up for automatic alerts when dog food recalls are issued, which we absolutely love!

What if my dog food / treats have been recalled?

Immediately stop giving the recalled food or treat to your dog. Depending on the severity of the recall, you may wish to take your dog to the vet for a checkup as well. Your veterinarian should be aware of the recall and what they should look for.

Each company handles recalls differently, so pay close attention to the recall information. Some recalls may affect wide ranges of products while others may only apply to specific batches. You should be able to return the product to the store that you bought it at for a full refund. The store should have removed affected products from their shelves immediately, but this doesn't always happen. So, we always recommend double checking before purchasing a new bag of dog food or treats.

Voluntary recall vs mandatory recall

Regardless of whether it was a mandatory recall or a voluntary recall, all recalls should be treated just as seriously. Often, mandatory recalls can follow voluntary recalls as well once the company or FDA has investigated the issue. All recalls indicate that the company or the Food and Drug Administration have a concern about the safety of a dog food or treat, so never give your dog food or treats that have been recalled.

Voluntary recalls

These are food/treat recalls that the company instituted as a result of concerns that they have about the product or its contents. Companies often issue voluntary recalls while they further investigate production, quality, or safety issues. Immediately stop using any product that has been recalled.

Mandatory recalls

These have been issued or mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a result of concerns they were alerted to by the company or noticed during inspections. These can range from food contamination to dangerous levels of pesticides in the final product. No food or treat that has been recalled should ever be given to your pet.

Fortunately, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration oversees and monitors dog food and treats just as closely as they do human food products. This allows pet owners to quickly respond to and cease using food that may be unsafe for your pet.


We hope this answers all of your questions about pet food and treat recalls! Hopefully you and your pup will never be affected by a food recall, but now you know what to do!