Dog Treat Recall:
Some Dog Treat Brands Don't Make the Cut

By: Sarah Gardner

Dog Treat Recall

Has a dog treat recall been issued for your dog's brand of treats? Most of us know about dog food recalls but, they also issue recalls for dog treats?  

We all want the best for our dogs because they are far more than just pets – they are our close companions, fun to play with, and a member of your family that will always comfort you. So, it’s only natural that you want to provide them with only the finest foods and treats on the market.

However, what most dog owners don’t know is that some brands aren’t healthy for our dogs – in fact, they can be quite harmful and toxic. Advertisers and people in charge of public relations of those brands are trying to hide at all costs, which is why most people aren’t aware of this issue. 

Why Are Dog Treats Recalled? 

Next time you find yourself in a pet store, make sure that you're looking for the FDA approval stamp on the packaging. All the products on the market should contain it, but the problem is that having the FDA approval stamp doesn’t make the treat 100% safe and healthy.

The FDA will allow for small doses of potentially harmful substances because the tiny amounts in one serving don’t represent an immediate threat to a dog’s health. However, unlike us humans who will eat a fairly varied diet, dogs are given these treats daily, so there is a risk of the harmful substances accumulating and causing issues.

Furthermore, you should know about the dangers that unhealthy treats carry with them – by bringing them into your home, not only will your dog’s health be harmed, but yours as well. These are the two most common problems and the common reason why dog treats get recalled. 

Dog Treat Recall : Salmonella

This group of bacteria is one of the most common causes of food poisoning.  It's also the most common cause of a dog treat recall.  Interestingly enough, if your dog consumes treats which contain Salmonella, chances of something terrible happening to them are minimal – very close to zero.

However, Salmonella is dangerous for humans, so if by any chance contaminated treats get in touch with your food, you can have severe problems with your digestive tract.

Most dog food and treat products are recalled because of salmonella, and the reason why this type of bacteria are present in this industry is quite simple if you think about it – dog food is often made in large plants where other products are being made, so it’s quite easy for salmonella to reach it. 

Dog Treat Recall : Listeria

Listeria is another food bacteria, and like salmonella, it can be dangerous. However, it’s less risky than the previous one – healthy pets and humans are safe. However, people in old age, children, pregnant women, and puppies are not as immune to listeria. 

You're probably aware of how important it is for puppies to eat healthily – their nutrition needs to contain all the necessities so that they can grow into strong, active, healthy dogs. Dog food and treats that are contaminated with listeria can do severe damage while puppies are in a sensitive stage. 

The third reason why treats get recalled is that their ingredients list doesn’t match the actual ingredients they contain. According to the FDA, those lists need to be one hundred percent precise. 

Dangerous Dog Treats

Not all dog treats that are unhealthy for your dog are recalled. Some contain unhealthy ingredients, others are extreme choking hazards, and far too many are imported from countries, such as China, that don't regulate the ingredients and manufacturing process. 

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My Dog's Treat Has Been Recalled - What Should You Do?

Once you find out that a treat you’ve been giving your dog isn’t healthy for them, or has been recalled by the FDA you need to extract that brand from their nutrition. Immediately afterward, you should get in touch with the company in question and demand compensation. 

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You should also pay special attention to your dog’s behavior – if you see signs of nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, you should take them to the vet. Furthermore, you should keep yourself updated on the subject by signing up for alerts on dog treat recalls and keeping track of recalled brands. 

To help you get started, below is a list of all the dog treat recalls that have been issued since 2009.  So, to answer the question we started with, does your dog treat brand make the cut?

Something like this is not likely to happen – If it does, you shouldn’t dwell on your mistakes, but take action right away. Once again, make sure that you keep a close eye on your pet for a while, so that you can be positive that they are not suffering any unwanted consequences.

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