So many of you are probably already aware but there is a pretty darn big dog food recall going on right now. Sadly many of the higher end brands are doing voluntary recalls simply because their foods were made in the same plant where the tainted foods were found. Check out more info here and here. This largely applies to the east coast but you may as well take a look to make sure your brand/state is not affected
Normally these recalls don’t apply to me, part of the reason I have stayed with Great Life since I found it, but I will pass them around facebook as I have a lot of friends with dogs who do eat these foods. But this time it was a good thing I read further into the article. Many Diamond based foods were part of this recall (I hear that Diamond has been recalled quite a bit, especially in last year) some simply because they were made in the same plant (who knew??)
On a recent trip to Costco I noticed they started carrying a grain free food. I checked out the ingredients and they did not look half bad at all… nor was the price. SO I wrote info down and went home to check it out further on some of the dog food review sites I use (DogFoodReview and DogFoodAdvisor). I think they only had possible problems with 2 ingredients, and it came highly recommended on both sites. I took that as a green light and picked up a bag the next time I was in town. I have been cutting the dogs food with this food half and half for probably 2 weeks now. Both took to it wonderfully and there have been no loose stools, extra gas or any other problems with the 4-leggers since it was added.
Then I checked the recall list and noticed this food was on it ARGH! I checked the product code and dates and both were in the clear…. so I think I am going to keep this bag and just keep an eye on them. Plus I am a firm believer that a good healthy dog can handle some salmonella anyhow, it is usually us who are at more risk.
As you can see nobody in this house (even me the vegetarian) is squeamish about meat and so far nobody has gotten sick… Sure I am not wiping my face with the towel she eats on or licking the counters but we probably don’t sanitize around here like some do and nobody is worse for it.
BUT due to the risk of salmonella in the kibble lately please PLEASE wash your hands after you feed your dogs or touch their bowls… More and more people are getting sick after this recent dog food recall.
It is so hard to know what to feed your dogs these days, there are so many opinions out there. How many of us have childhood dogs who ate
crappy old school food and did fine… living into the double digits easily with minimal care? (yeah I admit I did not know HALF of what I know now, back then… sure they got table scraps and grocery story foods, would you be able to tell?) Plenty of dogs eat corn and grains, and then there are others who swear they are killing their dogs by feeding them such (no I am not one of those people)… oh then you have the people who feed raw, or try to sometimes, and even then you have different opinions about how that should be done (omnivores or carnivores??) Where does one even begin to know what is right or wrong? I personally hope I can get Luna on a totally raw diet one day (probably the whole prey model) but for now I will have to settle for a high end kibble with occasional raw.
And I will continue to make my own treats as much as time allows… My dogs are thankfully not picky and love the dried sweet potato treats I make… and heaven knows they will not turn down the dried liver or meat I do for them too.
Speaking of treats do you feed chicken jerky treats??? Have you checked where they are made (not packaged people, read closer)?????? If they are made in China please do your dog a favor and trash them. There have been countless cases of dogs getting sick and some even dying who feed chicken treats made in China…. the company will not issue a recall but upwards of 6 dogs have reported this after feeding these treats. IMO it is totally not worth the risk. I follow the “don’t buy anything food related” from China whenever I can, whether it is for me or the 4-leggers. Reasoning??? They simply don’t have the regulations we do here, and it is not worth the risk to me when there is plenty of more local options.
Like this liver, which was semi-dried by a local butcher… who I am hoping to score more beef body parts from in the future.
I will try and post the link about the chicken jerky treats when I find it. Didn’t mean to get on a rant about this issue at all, just trying to pass info along and help you all keep your pets safe.
EDIT: Here is a link with a bit of info on chicken jerky treats
Thanks for sharing this link DogDaz
Speaking of food/treats I think I am going to do a treat give-away soon so stay tuned. Gotta figure out how to do one of those through the blog (any suggestions/help welcome).