Dog and cat owners never want to hear that their pet food has been recalled. However, unfortunately they’re a fact of life. That’s why we’ve whipped up this guide to pet food recalls so you know which foods have been recalled and what to do if you find out your food is recalled!
Which Pet Foods Have Been Recalled in 2018?
Not all recalls are the same. Some are initiated by the brand itself, some are by FDA request and others are by FDA order under statutory authority. Several pet foods have been recalled this year for a variety of reasons:
- Pet Alive, Native Remedies and Healthful Naturals homeopathic drug products for microbial contamination.
- Performance Dog frozen, raw pet food for potential Salmonella contamination.
- Rad Cat raw diet for potential for Listeria monocytogenes.
- G&C Raw ground lamb dog food and ground turkey cat food for potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
- Rad Cat raw diet cat food in free range chicken and pasture-raised venison for Listeria monocytogenes or Shiga Toxin producing E. coli O121.
- Dave’s Pet Food 95% premium beef cans for potentially elevated levels of beef thyroid hormones.
This is by no means an all inclusive list. You can read the FDA’s recall list here.
What to Do If Your Pet’s Food Is Recalled
If your pet’s food is recalled, don’t panic. First immediately stop feeding the food to your cat or dog. Go to the store where you bought the food and ask them for a full refund. Then dispose of the pet food where it can’t be accessed by raccoons and other animals. Lastly, contact your veterinarian, regardless of whether or not your pet shows any symptoms of illness.
How to Practice Good Food and Water Bowl Hygiene
You should care for your pet’s food and water bowls the same way you care for your own dishes. You wouldn’t want to eat from a dirty bowl, would you? Bowls need to be cleaned regularly to avoid health issues down the road.
Pets’ mouths are full of bacterial microbes. This bacteria transfers to food and water bowls whenever your pet eats or drinks. Bowls are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria since they are full of moisture, oxygen and nutrients. This can result in illness. This is why food shouldn’t be left out in bowls and water needs to be changed often. Wash the bowls every day or every other day.
Also remember to wash your hands after handling bowls and pet food. Store extra wet food in a closed container in your fridge. Be sure to use food before its expiration date too. You can find the date on the food’s can or bag. Generally unopened dry food is good for a year. Unopened canned food can last for about two years.
Which Pet Food Brands Should You Buy?
Come to Adopt & Shop for all your pet food needs. We carry only the highest quality dog and cat food from great brands like Zignature, NutriSource, Primal Foods and Fromm. These companies make food from simple tummy-friendly ingredients that your pets will love!