We strive to feed our pets the best food that we can, but every once in a while, the food we feed can become accidentally tainted or have other complications.

Some food recall cases are more serious than others, depending on the reason it was recalled. Let’s go over a few of the most common causes of recall:

Salmonella

This is by far one of the most common reasons for both pet food and human food recalls. I think we are all pretty familiar with Salmonella and may know someone who has suffered from Salmonellosis. As with humans, dogs and cats with Salmonellosis have severe vomiting and diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and sepsis.

Vitamin deficiencies or toxicities

Sometimes errors in manufacturing lead to too much or too little of a vitamin in your pet’s food. Most recently, Wellness canned cat food was recalled for inadequate levels of thiamine. Cats fed this food for a long period of time are at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency.

If a small amount of vitamin is good, then a large amount must be good, too, right? Not so. When a manufacturing mistake leads to the addition of more vitamins than intended, vitamin toxicosis can occur and, depending on the vitamin, it could have fatal consequences.

Aflatoxin

Aflatoxicosis occurs when our pets have been exposed to food contaminated by fungus. Lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea can occur, and in severe cases, liver failure, blood clotting disorders and death are the unfortunately outcome.

I’m sure we all remember the devastating recall of numerous pet foods and treats contaminated with melamine. Thousands of our beloved pets were lost after lengthy, costly hospital stays, leading to a $24 million pet food settlement. But, not all pet food recalls are serious or lethal. In fact, many pet food companies voluntarily recall food before reports of illness occur. However, all pet food recalls should be taken seriously.

Stay ahead of pet food recall alerts

Thankfully, the FDA has a helpful website that compiles food recall notices.The site, found at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls, profiles both human food and pet food and treats in a searchable table, and you can sign up to receive recall and safety alerts.

This site is fabulous.It lists the specific food and the reason for the recall, as well as a picture of the packaging to spark your memory.If you’ve ever been involved in a pet food recall, you know how scary it can be.

If you prefer your recall alerts to be dedicated solely to canine friends, Dog Food Advisor has a great service that offers free recall alerts.

If you have been feeding your dog a food that has been recalled, stop doing so immediately. If you ever have a question about a pet food recall, or suspect it made your pet sick, contact your vet immediately.

To give yourself peace of mind when these issues arise, enroll in the most comprehensive pet insurance, Petplan. That way, if your pet’s dinner becomes an unexpected disaster, you can get your pet the vet care available, because it covers up to 90% of unexpected vet bills. And remember—Petplan also covers the sick visit exam fee, saving you up to $50-$250 per visit. Other providers make you pay for that.

Posted 
Jun 2, 2016
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