Animal & Veterinary
Advice to Pet Owners
FDA Veterinarian Newsletter 2007 Volume XXII, No II
Although the recalled pet food should no longer be available, consumers can check the Food and Drug Administration’s Web site to make sure the products they have are not part of the recall.
Listed products should not be fed to animals. Any pet food products not listed can safely be used.
However, should a pet exhibit a sudden onset of symptoms, such as loss of appetite, lethargy, or vomiting, pet owners should stop feeding the pet food and contact a veterinarian.
Any consumers who have any pet foods covered by the recall are advised to return them to the store where purchased and request a refund. In addition, any products affected by the recall should be stored in a secure place - out of reach from children and pets - until the products can be returned.
If a pet owner has fed a recalled product to a dog or cat, the pet should be closely monitored for the signs of illness already mentioned, which would most likely show up within a couple of days of feeding. If renal failure is diagnosed by a veterinarian, pet owners should hold onto the pet food if the brand and lot number are covered by the recall.
Pet owners need to understand that, though there may be financial costs associated with any veterinarian visit, reimbursement for such care does not fall within the agency’s regulatory authority.