As a pet owner, it can be terrifying to see headlines of pet food recalls or treat recalls particularly when the effects of tainted food and treats can be as devastating as they have been in the past. Today we want to talk a little bit about how you can stay on top of the latest pet food and treat recalls so that you can prevent or limit your pet’s exposure to dangerous foods.
Keeping tabs on the current recalls within the pet food and treat industry is part of being a responsible pet owner, but it can be overwhelming when it seems like there is a recall every few weeks.
The truth is though that a lot of times the recalls that you “keep seeing” are extensions or additions to existing recalls. That said, it is always best to stay on top of all recall notices just to be safe.
Keeping on Top of Pet Food Recalls
The best way to do this is to keep an eye on news headlines while also keeping watch on the FDA’s veterinary and animal-related recalls which you can do here. This is the official FDA page for veterinary and animal recall statements made by the FDA and whenever a new recall is issued it will feature there.
Here at Leesville Animal Hospital we always recommend that you purchase edible pet products that were made in the USA using ingredients from the USA. Most if not all products that are made within the United States will say so on their packaging which makes them easier to spot! It’s important to pay attention to wording, however, just because a treat or food was made in the USA does not mean that the ingredients used in that treat were sourced in the USA!
What to Do If You Suspect Your Pet is Ill From a Recalled Food
If you believe that your pet is suffering from side effects of a pet food recall or pet treat recall, you should always err on the side of caution and bring them in for a checkup to prevent the furthering of any potential side effects.