In the News Recently: Dog Food Brands Recalled Over Euthanasia Drug?

Feb 28, 2018 by

Hungry Labrador Dog With Bowl
Unfortunately, it’s quite common for a variety of dog food brands to end up on the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s Pet Food Recall List.

It seems that every month there’s a new brand or line of food that’s been recalled for potential or confirmed Salmonella, Listeria, or something else. Of course, this is why regularly checking the list is a wise idea.

As of late, the J.M Smucker Company made an alarming recall of some of their canned foods because they were found contain low levels of pentobarbital — a drug used to euthanize animals. The affected products and instructions on what to do if you purchased them can be found here.

Raw Food and Your Pet

It’s worth noting here that as veterinarians, we do not recommend raw food diets for pets. Since January of this year (2018), there have been at least two raw foods recalled. Both were for Salmonella contamination. Truth be told, some studies have shown as many as two-thirds of commercial raw foods were found to be contaminated with pathogenic bacteria such as E.Coli, Campylobacter, or Salmonella. Furthermore, many of these foods were nutritionally inadequate in at least one key nutritional need for dogs and cats.

These issues pose risks from fecal contamination, but they can also cause environmental contamination during the prep and disposal of the food. As a rule, The Sunset Veterinary Clinic follows the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Foundation) policy on raw foods, which stresses the importance of eliminating pathogens (cooking or pasteurization) in animal-sourced protein before feeding it to animals.

Is Your Pet Exhibiting Signs or Symptoms of a Possible Foodborne Illness?

Whether your pet has consumed recalled food brands or not, if you’re noticing any signs or symptoms of illness, it’s always wise to schedule an appointment with The Sunset Veterinary Clinic as soon as possible. These symptoms may include your pet acting strangely or lethargic, whining, vomiting or having diarrhea, lacking an appetite, or exhibiting other uncharacteristic behaviors.

One of our highly-skilled and experienced veterinarians would be happy to examine your pet and diagnose the problem. Contact us any time to schedule an appointment.

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