Pet Food Recalls

Pet food recalls, dog treat recalls and pet product recalls can impact your puppy's health. Sometimes the product recall has no risk to your pet and is done purely as a precaution. But other times, the food, toy or medicine may be contaminated or have other issues that cause illness and you'll need to withhold it from your pet. This list reports the most recent pet product recalls, how to recognize them, the reported problem, and what you need to know to protect your puppy. I'll...MORE include the most recent at the top of the list, with report date included.


  • 01 of 23

    Hill's Adult Small and Toy Breed Dry Food Recall: 6-3-14

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    Hill’s Pet Nutrition of Topeka, KS  is voluntarily recalling 62 bags of Science Diet Adult Small and Toy Breed dry dog food, which was a part of a single production run. There is concern the food has been contaminated with Salmonella.

    Bags were accidentally released (discovered during routine inventory check) and sent to 17 veterinary clinics and pet stores between April 24 and May 13, 2014 in the following states:

    • California
    • Hawaii
    • Nevada

    All 17 affected customers have already been contacted by...MORE Hill’s. To date, no illnesses have been reported.

    What Was Recalled?

    This voluntary recall is limited to 62 15.5 lb. bags of Science Diet Adult Small & Toy Breed dry dog food with the Stock-Keeping Unit (SKU) code, “Best before” date and production codes as follows:

    • Science Diet Adult Small and Toy Breed
    • Package Size 15.5 pounds
    • SKU 9097
    • Best Before Date 08 2015
    • Production Code M094

    The SKU number is located on the bottom of the bag, both side panels and on the back lower right hand corner below the UPC code.

    The “Best before” date and production code is stamped on the top, middle of each bag.

    What You Should Do

    If you bought any of these specific bags of Science Diet Adult Small & Toy Breed dry dog food, DO NOT FEED, and call Hill’s Pet Nutrition at 800-445-5777 Monday through Friday during the hours of 7am-7pm (CT).

    Hill’s will collect the unused portion of the food at its own expense at a time convenient for the consumer and will provide a full refund.

    This voluntary recall doesn't affect any other Science Diet products or Science Diet Adult Small and Toy Breed products with different “Best Before” dates.

    U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area or report via the internet at

    Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

  • 02 of 23

    Pet Center Recalls Lamb Crunchy's Dog Treats: 5-28-14

    This time, the problem once again is Salmonella that has prompted a voluntary recall of products that MAY be contaminated. No illnesses have been reported.

    Pet Center, Inc. of Los Angeles has announced a voluntary recall of its 3 ounce bags of Lamb Crunchy's dog treats.

    • UPC number 727348200038
    • Date code 122015

    Salmonella was detected by the State of Colorado, Department of Agriculture in a random sample, says the FDA in this news release.

    The product was distributed by Gelson's Market,...MORE General Pet, Nor-Sky Pet Supply and Independent Pet in California, Colorado, Washington and Wisconsin.

    Consumers who have purchased this product are requested to return them to where they were purchased to receive a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 800-390-0575 Monday through Friday between 7:30am through 4:00 pm PST.

  • 03 of 23

    Bravo Pet Food for dogs and cats has been recalled due to concerns about potential contamination with the because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

    Bravo instituted this voluntary recall after the FDA reported detecting Listeria in a sample during a recent review, and following reports of dogs becoming ill. Read about the specific products and what to do here in this article about the May 14, 2014 Bravo recall.

  • 04 of 23

    True Raw Choice Treats: Recall November 2013

    Health Canada announced recall of True Raw Choice Bulk Dehydrated Natural Pet Treats made by Your True Companion Pet Products. These products may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

    The specific products include:

    • Duck Feet (Lot 228870)
    • Duck Wings (Lot 213825)
    • Chicken Feet (Lot 214733)
    • Lamb Trachea (Lot 225215)
    • Chicken Breast (Lot 154339)

    It's reported that 280 cases of affected treats were sold in bulk at pet food stores across Canada. HOWEVER--some of these treats may have been purchased in...MORE Canada and brought to pets that live in the United States.

    Consumers should contact Your True Companion Pet Products at 1-855-260-5024 if unsure if the product you have is affected or not. All products affected have been disposed of in the market place as of November 8, 2013.

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  • 05 of 23

    Bailey's Choice Chicken Jerkey Treats: Recall November 2013

    Bailey's Choice Dog Treats LLC of Waleska, Georgia, has recalled packages of dog treats due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria. The recall covers chicken treats in various size packaging with the lot dates of June 5, 2013 and October 8, 2013.

    The company made an announcement on its Facebook page that the two lots of these chicken jerky treats tested positive for Salmonella, but no illness of pets or people have been reported. The products are sold primarily in Georgia and the...MORE Georgia Department of Agriculture inspectors are investigating retail stores and warehouses to get the affected products out of distribution.


    Additional product has been included in the expanded recall, as follows:

    • 100% Chicken Treat
      Lot "Jun 2 2013″
    • 100% Chicken Treat
      Lot "Jun 3 2013″
    • 100% Chicken Breast Treat
      Lot "Jun 4 2013″
    • 100% Chicken Treat
      Lot "Jun 15 2013″
    • 100% Chicken Treat
      Lot "Jul 8 2013″
    • 100% Chicken Treat
      Lot "Jul 11 2013″
    • 100% Teriyaki Chicken Treats
      Lot 132881

    The company encourages you to discard the remaining contents of any packages you have that are listed in the recall. You will be given a full refund for the product by contacting Bailey's Choice Dog Treats LLC by phoning 770-881-0526, or by email at or online at

      Report complaints about pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area. Or you can make a report at the FDA government complaint page.

    • 06 of 23

      Avoid Jerky Treats! and String Cheese: October 2013

      Lately, the news has been filled with speculation and scares about "jerky treats" making our pets sick--or even killing them. More than 600 dogs have died with six times that number ill, and the common denominator has been these treats.

      The problem is, nobody knows exactly why the treats cause problems. My latest article explores the concerns and what's known, as well as what YOU can do to keep your puppy safe!

      On a related note, my colleague Dr. Deb Eldredge alerted her readers to a...MORE recall of string cheese made by Kraft Foods. Why should this worry you? Well, many dog trainers use string cheese as a treat and reward for training. So if that's you, be sure to check out Deb's article for the latest details.

      For more on what you need to know about the jerky treats issue, read more here!

    • 07 of 23

      Joey's Chicken Jerky Treats Recalled: Sept. 2013

      Joey's Jerky produced in New Hampshire and manufactured by Kritter's Kitchen Kreations, LLC. After 21 people in Merrimack and Hillsborough Counties were identified with the same strain of Salmonella implicated in the treats, the company voluntarily recalled all of the product.

      The product was sold in these stores:

      • America's Pet in Hudson
      • Blue Seal in Bow K9 Kaos in Dover
      • Osborne's Agway in Concord
      • Sandy's Pet Food Center in Concord
      • The Yellow Dogs Barn in Barrington

      Confirmation...MORE through laboratory testing of the jerky is pending at the New Hampshire Public Health Labs. If you have any of these treats, discard them.

    • 08 of 23

      Purina ONE Beyond Recall: 8-30-13

      Yesterday Nestlé Purina PetCare Company announced a voluntarily recall of the 3.5 pound bags of Purina One Beyond due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria. One bag of product was found to be contaminated, but no illnesses to date have been reported.

      The specific product is Purina O.N.E. Beyond Chicken and Barley Adult Dry Dog Food. No other Purina O.N.E. products are involved at this time.

      The affected product contains both a "Best By" date and production code shown below:

      • Bag...MORE Size = 3.5 pounds
      • Best By Date = OCT 2014
      • Production Code = 31071083
      • UPC Code = 17800 12679

      The "Best By" Date and the Production Code are found on the back or bottom of the bag.

      Consumers who have purchased Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food products with the specific "Best By" Date and Production Code should discontinue feeding the product and discard it. For further information or to obtain a product refund, please call NPPC toll-free at 1-800-473-8546, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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    • 09 of 23

      Eukanuba and Iams Dry Diets Recall: 8-15-13

      Proctor and Gamble has voluntarily recalled a number of dry cat and dog food products manufactured by The Iams Company due to risk of salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been associated with these products.

      Salmonella has the potential to make puppies, other pets, and humans very sick. Refer to this article about salmonella for more information.

      P&G is retrieving these products as a precautionary measure. If you purchased a product listed HERE, stop feeding the food and throw it away,...MORE and contact the company toll-free at 800-208-0172 (Monday - Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM ET), or via website at or Media Contact: Jason Taylor, 513-622-1111

    • 10 of 23

      Dogswell Jerky Treats Recall: 7-29-13

      Dogswell (and Catswell) has announced a voluntary withdrawal for its dog and cat duck or chicken jerky treats due to possible contamination with unapproved antibiotics. The products are labeled with a "Best Before" date of January 28th, 2015 (or any earlier date). Most were distributed via retail outlets prior to March 1, 2013, and are said to have been made in China.

      The withdrawn products include Chicken Breast and Duck Breast jerky marketed under the following brand names:

      • Breathies
      • Happy...MORE Heart
      • Happy Hips
      • Mellow Mut
      • Shape Up
      • Veggie Life
      • Vitality
      • Vitakitty

      For further details refer to the Dogswell website here.

    • 11 of 23

      Breeders Choice Active Care Treats Recall: 4-17-13

      One batch of Breeder's Choice Active Care Biscuits-Healthy Dog Treats has been recalled due to mold. The food is produced by Central Garden and Pet of Irwindale, California.

      The recall is specific to:

      • Breeder's Choice Active Care Healthy Joint Treats
      • Product Code/SKU/ Material #: BCP-080
      • UPC Code: 0130104895
      • Size: 24 ounces
      • Best Before Code: 19-Dec-2013

      The mold developed because of varying dryer temperature settings for drying biscuits. The company says this exposed the recalled product to...MORE excess moisture, but has been fixed.

      If you've fed the recalled food, watch for signs such as gastrointestinal issues, upset tummy and diarrhea. Thus far, there have not been any reports of illness associated with the recalled food.

      Further details are available by calling Central Customer Care line at 866-500-6286 or visiting

    • 12 of 23

      Iverhart Heartworm Medication Recall: 4-11-13

      According to, Virbac Animal Health has recalled six lots of Iverhart Plus Flavored Chewables heartworm preventive products. Although the products passed initial tests, the ivermectin potency failed to meet "lifetime of product" efficacy tests which means dogs taking these medications may not be fully protected against heartworm disease. The specific products (listed below) may not fully protect dogs in the upper third of each weight range against heartworms. However, at the...MORE time of notification from Virbac, no heartworm-related adverse reactions or illnesses have been reported.

      The following lots have been included in the recall:

      • Lot 120076 (Large 51-100 pounds)
      • Lot 120086 (Large 51-100 pounds)
      • Lot 120856 (Large 51-100 pounds)
      • Lot 120202 (Medium 26-50 pounds)
      • Lot 120196 (Small up to 25 pounds)
      • Lot 120844 (Small up to 25 pounds)

      A similar recall of a single lot of Iverhart took place in March 2012. For questions or concerns please contact Virbac Technical Services at 1-800-338-3659 ext. 3052.

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    • 13 of 23

      Bravo! Raw Frozen Dog Food Recall: 4-4-13

      Dog food products made by Bravo! have been recalled by the company. While the products were deemed safe by a third-party testing, they were run on the same/next day as products that tested positive for salmonella and so the company has decided to be cautious and recall the products, as follows:

      • Item #21-405 - 5 lb chub (tube) of Bravo! Chicken Balance frozen raw diet with "best used by" dates of 3_6_15 or 3_12_15 printed on the plastic casing of the package.
      • Item # 21-102 - 2 lb. chub...MORE (tube) of Bravo! Chicken Blend frozen raw diet with a "best used by" date of 3_21_15 printed on the plastic casing of the package.
      • Item # 51-508 - 5 lb. bag of Bravo! Beef Blend Burgers with the "best used by dates" of 3_21_15 or 3_22_15 printed on the back panel of the plastic bag

      Previously in March the company also recalled its 2 lb tubes of Bravo! Raw Food Diet Chicken Blend for Dogs and Cats, product code: 21-102, batch ID code 6 14 12 for the same reason.

    • 14 of 23

      BARF World Dog Food Recall: 4-1-13

      Salmonella has been found in a non-food item in the facility where some of the BARF World food products are manufactured. Although the dog food hasn't been found to test positive for salmonella, the company has chosen to voluntarily recall of three raw frozen dog food products from BARF World, as follows:

      • BARF Lamb Patties
      • BARF Combo Patties
      • BARF Combo Patties (bulk package)

      The products have the same white "Use By" date of July 27, 2013. Contact Christopher Hampson at 866-282-2273 or...MORE email to request a replacement or a refund.

    • 15 of 23

      Natura Pet Foods Recall: 3-19 and 3-31-13

      On March 19 I reported on the recall of certain products that included Innova, California Natural, Evo and more as follows:

      Natura Pet in a random FDA test had Salmonella contamination identified in some of the products. The company has issued a voluntary recall of specific California Natural, Innova, Evo and HealthWise products. Dog, puppy, cat and kitten foods are involved. Click on the links, below, provided by the company, to see which specific products are affected.

      California...MORE Natural

      Natura Pet encourages consumers that have any questions about one of the products on this list to contact them at or (800) 224-6123.

      The company has expanded the recall further due to concerns about Salmonella contamination.It now includes all dry dog and cat food products made on one manufacturing line in the Jan-Mar, 2013 timeframe.

      If you feed any Natura Pet products including Innova, California Natural, Evo, Healthwise or Karma products go to the Natura Pet company page for further details.

    • 16 of 23

      IAMS Shakeables Treats Recall: 3-21-13

      Proctor and Gamble has issued a voluntary market withdrawal of Iams Shakeables Turkey and Lamb Dog Treats with certain "Impacted Lot Numbers" listed below. These treats are being voluntarily withdrawn due to potential for mold growth. No other products are affected. Proctor and Gamble has not received any reports of human or pet illnesses.

      The LOT CODE on your can is the first 4 numbers of the second line on the bottom of the can. Here are the recalled items.

      Iams Shakeables Turkey, 6oz


      Iams Shakeables Lamb, 6oz


      Iams urges you to stop feeding these products and bring any remaining Iams Shakeables Turkey and Lamb Dog Treats affected by the voluntary withdrawal to the place of purchase--PetSmart stores will give you a full refund. Please call Proctor and Gamble (Iams) at 1-877-894-4458 with any questions.

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    • 17 of 23

      Bravo Raw Food Recall: 3-14-13

      The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is alerting consumers to avoid feeding or handling another poultry-based raw pet food after the MDA laboratory discovered Salmonella bacteria in routine sample tests.

      Bravo! Raw Food Diet 2 lb. Chicken Blend for Dogs and Cats is manufactured by Bravo!, LLC, of Manchester, Connecticut. This frozen pet food has the production code of 06/14/12 located on a white tag at the end of the package and a "Best Used by Date" of 6/12/14. For further...MORE information, consumers are invited to contact the company at 866-922-9222.

      Any time you suspect a problem with your pets' food, please have the pet examined by a veterinarian. Save the food bag or container, which includes important information for tracking exactly what products may be involved. Consumers can file their own reports of pet food problems by visiting the FDA site here.

    • 18 of 23

      Jones Natural Chews Woofers Treats Recall: 3-12-13

      Another recall has been posted, this one from Jones Natural Chews Company. The voluntary recall affects Woofers Dog Treats beef patties with a possible Salmonella contamination.


      The treats were distributed in AZ, CA, CO, PA, VA, and WI and shipped between November 1, 2012 and November 12, 2012.

      No illnesses have been reported to date. If you've purchased any of the products, return to the place of purchase to receive a full refund. You can call the company with any questions at 1-877-481-2663...MORE , Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Central Standard Time.

    • 19 of 23

      Strippin' Chicks Treats and Steve's Real Food Recall: 3-12-13

      Once more we have a rash of recalled foods and treats. Please check your pets' foods and take appropriate action!

      Diggin' Your Dog Strippin' Chicks Pet Treats in the 5 ounce bag has been recalled due to risk from Salmonella contamination. The Lot Code is 250322 with a "Use By" date of February 23, 2014. Stop feeding the treats, and to receive a refund (including cost of postage), tear off and mail the "lot code" on the packaging with the UPC to Diggin Your Dog, LLC, PO...MORE Box 17306 Reno, NV 89511. For more information, contact Diggin' Your Dog at 775-742-7295 Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM PT or email

      Steve's Real Food is a commercially prepared raw food diet, and is voluntarily recalling 5 pound bags of Turducken Canine Diet 8 ounce patties due to potential contamination with Salmonella. The food was distributed from October 2012 to January 2013 in retail stores in the following states:

      • California
      • Connecticut
      • Massachusetts
      • Maine
      • Minnesota
      • New Hampshire
      • New York
      • Tennessee

      You should return the recalled products to your retailer for a full refund. Contact the company with your questions by calling 801-540-8481 or emailing Monday through Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm MST.

      Cat Food Recall, too!

      I know many puppy owners also love cats. So please be advised that Premium Edge, Diamond Naturals and 4health Dry Cat Food Formulas have discovered possible low levels of Thiamine (Vitamin B1). Learn more here about the voluntarily recall of the following products:

      • Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Formula dry cat food
      • Premium Edge Senior Cat Hairball Management Formula dry cat food
      • Premium Edge Kitten Formula dry cat food
      • Diamond Naturals Kitten Formula dry cat food
      • 4health All Life Stages Cat Formula dry cat food

      Any time you suspect a problem with your pets' food, please have the pet examined by a veterinarian to confirm/rule out any diagnosis potentially linked to contamination. Your vet has ways to officially report problems. Also, you should save the food bag or container, which includes important information for tracking exactly what products may be involved. Consumers can file their own reports of pet food problems by visiting the FDA site here.

    • 20 of 23

      Hy-Vee Dog Food Recall: 2-23-13

      Hy-Vee, Inc. has recalled some packages of Hy-Vee dog food because of corn contaminated with high levels of alfatoxin. The dog food is produced in a plant operated by Pro-Pet, LLC of Kansas City.

      Aflatoxin is naturally produced by certain molds, and consuming too much can cause your pet to act sluggish, lose his appetite, produce vomiting or diarrhea and sometimes jaundice (yellow tinge to the eyes or gums). To date, no dogs have been reported to have become sick, and all implicated products have...MORE been removed from the store shelves.

      The recalled items were distributed between October 26, 2012 and January 11, 2013 to Hy-Vee stores in the states of Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

      Any of the recalled Hy-Vee dog food may be returned to Hy-Vee stores for a full refund. For questions, contact the company at (800) 289-8343 Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm CST.

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    • 21 of 23

      Honest Kitchen & Nutri-Vet Pet Food Recall: 2-22-13

      Nutri-Vet, LLC. of Boise, Idaho, is voluntarily recalling its Nutri-Vet and NutriPet Chicken Jerky treats products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled Chicken Jerky Treats were distributed nationwide through online sales and in retail stores from April 2012 through February 2013 with Best By Dates ranging from April 20, 2014, through October 3, 2014.Consumers who have purchased Nutri-Vet and NutriPet Chicken Jerky Products are urged to stop feeding them to pets and...MORE return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Nutri-Vet at (877) 729-8668 Monday thru Friday from 7am to 5pm MDT. Learn more in this FDA ALERT.

      The Honest Kitchen also voluntarily recalled five lots of its Verve, Zeal and Thrive dog foods because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria from a batch of human‐grade parsley, one of the ingredients in the pet food. The products were produced between August and November 2012 and sold nationwide in the US and Canada via retail stores, mail order and online after August 2012. For questions, call the company at (866) 437-9729. Or send an email to

      Thank you to Dog Food Advisor, FDA and Pet Pitch for information about these alerts.

    • 22 of 23

      MASSIVE Dog Food Treat Recall: 2-21-13

      Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO has discovered contamination with Salmonella in its products and is voluntarily recalling all products manufactured at its Denver, Colorado facility from April 20, 2012 through September 20, 2012 sold various retailers including:

      • Target
      • Petco
      • Sam's Club
      • Costco
      • Menards

      UPDATE! The recall has been expanded to include ALL products manufactured by the company. Multiple species of Salmonella were found in products and the manufacturing facility, which...MORE indicates many sources of contamination. Pet owner complains of pet illness have been reported. Refer to this information from the FDA for further details.

      Consumers with questions may contact Kasel Associated Industries at (800) 218-4417 Monday thru Friday from 7am to 5pm MDT.

    • 23 of 23

      Nature's Variety Dog Food Recall: 2-15-13

      February 15, 2013 - Nature's Variety has announced a voluntary recall of one batch of Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula distributed in the US and Canada.

      Clear pieces of plastic was reported by a consumer, found in some bags, and could cause a chocking hazard. No harm to pets has been reported and the company says the issue has been fixed.

      A single batch of Organic Chicken Formula is affected, that has the "Best if Used By" date of 10/04/13. This includes:

      • Instinct Raw Organic...MORE Chicken Formula patties, 6 lbs. bag
      • Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 36 lbs. case
      • Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 3 lbs. bag
      • Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 27 lbs. case

      If you bought one of these products, you can get a refund or exchange with a proof of purchase and/or the original packaging of the product returned to your point of purchase. You can also call the Nature's Variety Consumer Relations team at 888-519-7387 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST. Or click here to email us directly.

      Thank you to Dog Food Advisor for this alert.