FYI: Pet Food Recall and Dangerous Jerky

Just an FYI for all you dog lover’s out there! As of April 6, 2012 the FDA has issued a recall on Diamond Naturals Lamb and Rice dog food, the ENTIRE flavor has been recalled due to salmonella contamination.

Diamond also makes, Costco’s Kirkland brand, Canidae, Solid Gold, Chicken Soup, Taste of the Wild, Natural Balance, and 4Health. These foods are NOT included in the recall, but if you feed these kibbles, you might want to consider a safer manufacturer that has fewer problems with production of their pet food as Diamond regularly issues *\*voluntary** recalls on its products.

If you must feed these brands, PLEASE KEEP UP TO DATE ON DIAMOND’S VOLUNTARY RECALLS!!!

Also, there are brands of Chicken Jerky that are still on the shelves at Wal-Mart and pet stores across the country that are contaminated with something that is causing dogs to go into kidney failure. It’s such a common problem that I have heard rumors of some dog owner’s vets posting signs at their front desks asking pet owners not to feed these products. (If you have posted one of these signs at your clinic, I would LOVE to get a picture from you! Please post in the comments below!)

I do know that one brand that is affected is “Waggin Train”, which claims to be made in the USA, but is actually sourced in China. ANY jerky product that has the words “Product of China” on the back of the package is a potential hazard! It is cheaper and safer to make your own chicken jerky. Here’s a great recipe that you can use to make SAFE jerky treats for your dog. It’s easy to do!

Truth About Pet Food posts information as soon as it becomes available to them about potential hazards in your pet’s food. Those of us that feed mass produced diets for our pets should check with them regularly to keep ourselves up to date on the potential hazards. Unlike human food recalls, pet food recalls are often not highly publicized.