It seems as though at one time or another most of the name brand dog food brands have been recalled, including well know brands like Iams, Eukanuba, Purina, and Science Diet, just to name a few. I don't believe these brands are bad, but according to the ASPCA nearly 180 brands of wet and dry foods were eventually added to the recall list, provoking a tense period of uncertainty for pets pet parents and animal welfare professionals.
Our organization takes the recalls very seriously as we run a pet food pantry and try to make sure that when there is a recall that the brands are pulled from our shelves as well.
The FDA officially has confirmed the presence of Melamine-often used in plastics, cleaning products, laminates, soundproofing foam and fertilizer. They claim it is not toxic on its own, only when combined with cyanuric acid, another found contaminate that may cause renal failure in some pets. I don't know about you, but I would not want to give my pets (who are just like my kids) any of these substances that they put in plastics or fertilizer. I won't allow my dogs on a lawn that has been sprayed with fertilizer, let alone give them food with something that they put in fertilizer. That just seems crazy to me.
The FDA has a website where you can sign up to receive recalls on pet foods, along with a whole list of items we use everyday. the link is:
Please check the FDA's website for the most current information.
Is my Pet sick from contaminated food?
If your pet shows any signs of illness including loss of appetite, just laying around, vomiting or diarrhea, or changes in urination, you should consult your veterinarian. The ASPCA has an animal Poison Control Center which is open 24 hours a day - the number is (888) 462-4435. These symptoms in any circumstances should be taken seriously regardless of food recalls and any sudden change in behavior in your pet should warrant a trip to your veterinarian.
What is the best food to give my pet?
I was told by a local veterinarian that he generally recommends high quality, premium pet foods for most pets with out any pre-existing illnesses, since they are research-based formulas that have specific nutrients that your cat or dog needs. But changing your dogs food suddenly can upset their stomach. Table scraps can also cause gastrointestinal problems.
I hope some of this information was useful as most of the information was obtained from The FDA and the ASPCA and several veterinarians friends. I am not a veterinarian so any further questions that this article may bring up should be directed to your veterinarian.