Unfortunately, here are more commercial dog foods that you can add to your list of potential dangers to be giving to your dog.
Redbarn Pet Products LLC of Long Beach, CA began (voluntarily) recalling their 7″ Bullystick 3-pack in March because of salmonella contamination, which can be transferred to humans from handling this product. Make sure to thoroughly wash your hands with hot soapy water after handling this product. Since then Redbarn has expanded their recall to a variety of their products. RedBarn, a small family-owned company, is handling their recall responsibly.
A much more serious recall is also concurrently occurring. J.M. Smucker Company has recalled shipments of Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol’ Roy and Skippy canned dog because they may contain “trace” amounts of pentobarbital, a euthanasia drug. Dogs have already died from eating these products as reported by Karen Smith’s Goodfullness blog. Tests run by CBS 12 confirmed that there was pentobarbital in both Evanger’s and Gravy Train, which is produced by Big Heart Pet Foods and owned by J.M. Smucker’s. The company also makes Meow Mix, Milk-Bone, Kibbles’nBits, 9 Lives, Natural Balance, Pup-Peroni, Gravy Train, Nature’s Recipe, Canine Carry Outs, Milo’s Kitchen, Alley Cat, Jerky Treats, Meaty Bone, Pounce, and Snausages. A complete list of the recalled pet food products can be found by clicking the FDA recall advisory here.
We have written several of articles about the dangers of feeding your dog commercial brands of dog food:
For many people, preparing all your dog’s food from good wholesome ingredients rather than byproducts and waste products from rendering plants may not be an option. However, you should be aware that a few very large manufacturers produce private label for many brands of pet food. Once there is contamination in one facility, it can affect hundreds of millions of cans and packages of pet food under a variety of brand names.
We therefore urge you to be very careful what you feed your dog (or cat).
If you cannot keep up on all of these pet food recalls, another option is to just get a fish. Or in this case, find a lobster. This fellow was peeking his head out from under a rock looking for food, and posing for this skilled photographer.