It's a sad reality that some dog food brands are making our beloved pets sick. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently released a list of countries to which Midwestern Pet Food could have exported contaminated food, and the FDA has also sent a warning letter to the company after inspections revealed evidence of significant violations of food safety regulations. In addition, the FDA has linked more than 130 dog deaths and 220 diseases in dogs to Midwestern Pet Food. If your dog's food has been recalled, the first thing you should do is stop giving him the food immediately.
We have compiled a list of withdrawals in order from most recent to oldest, so you can check if your dog food is on it. Looking for cat food recalls? Go Here. If you want to avoid the possibility altogether, one option is to start making your own dog food at home. There are also some brands that have never had a recall and are known for their air-dried dog food comprised of only human-grade ingredients, including premium proteins such as free-range lamb, grass-fed deer and wild mackerel.
One example is a brand made in New Zealand with locally sourced, human-quality ingredients. Another option is grain-free dog food made with a single source of protein and limited ingredients to reduce your pet's exposure to potential allergens. In March, the company announced a voluntary recall of dozens of dog and cat foods that were believed to be contaminated with salmonella. It's important to stay informed about recalls and take action if your pet's food is on the list. If you're ever unsure about what kind of food to give your pet, consult with your veterinarian for advice.