Dog Food Recalls

Whenever a dog food recall is issued, many dog owners become concerned about the safety of their pet’s food. This is why it is so important to stay up-to-date on the latest news when it comes to dog food recalls. Becoming informed in time can mean the difference between life and death for your pet. Should you be in possession of any dog food that is involved in a recall, there are several steps you should take to ensure the safety of you and your pet.

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To begin, it goes without saying to stop feeding the recalled food to your dog. Read any specific instructions on what to do in regards to a particular dog food recall. Some companies ask that you call them to report any symptoms that your dog may be having. The manufacturer will generally provide you with instructions on how to get a refund on the product, as well.
It is a good idea to save the barcode, label and expiration date on the bag if at all possible. Saving a small sample of the food in question also wouldn’t hurt. Be sure to clean everything thoroughly that the dog food has come in contact with. Wash the dog’s food bowl and food container with soap and bleach.
Whether your dog is showing symptoms or not, you should go ahead and take them to the veterinarian to make sure they are healthy and disease-free. Be sure to continuously watch for symptoms, until the food is out of their system.
If your dog’s food has not been recalled, but you suspect it is causing your dog health problems, the first step to take is to visit their veterinarian. If your veterinarian says that your dog has Salmonella poisoning for example, immediately stop feeding them their food and report the incident to the FDA. Follow all of the above instructions to make sure that you or your dog will not be exposed any further.
Even if you are not concerned about the food you are giving your dog, it is good practice to wash your hands after touching dog food. This will protect you from accidental exposure to food that is tainted with contaminants.

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