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Dog Food Recall Information and Alerts 2020

When you spend good money on dog food for your canine companion, you want to know that the product you have chosen is safe for him to eat. Most high-quality pet food brands follow strict standards for safety and quality when it comes to the manufacture of their products, but mistakes do happen. When they do, the product might be recalled. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a recall is “when a product is removed from the market or a correction is made to the product because it is either defective or potentially harmful”.

There are two different types of recalls for pet food – an FDA-issued recall and a voluntary recall. FDA-issued recalls usually occur when the FDA discovers a problem when testing a particular product – the problem may also be brought to their attention through consumer complaints. The problem itself might involve potential contamination with a dangerous pathogen (like E. coli or salmonella) or it could involve inadequate levels of certain nutrients. A voluntary recall occurs when the manufacturer themselves discover a problem and they withdraw the product of their own volition and then make the necessary corrections.

So what do you do if your dog’s food is recalled? As soon as you become aware of the recall, the first thing you should do is stop feeding the product to your dog. To help minimize any negative effects of suddenly changing your dog’s diet, try to find a similar product. In some cases, only certain batches of a product will be recalled so you might be able to just buy a new bag of the same food – just be sure to read the recall information thoroughly to determine which steps to take.


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But what do you do with that bag of dog food that has now become worthless? You should be able to return the product to the pet store where you got it for a full refund. If you aren’t concerned about getting your money back, you can feel free to dispose of the product but be sure to do so safely in a way that no other animal can come into contact with it. If you have additional questions about the recall you can always contact the manufacturer of the product. You may also want to take your dog to the veterinarian for a check-up just to be safe, even if he isn’t showing any signs of illness. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to pet food recalls.

Here is a list of the 20 most recent dog food recalls – check to make sure that your dog’s food is not on this list:

1/31/2019, Hills Prescription Diet & Hills Science Diet

On January 31, 2020 the Hills Pet Food Company voluntarily issued a recall for cans of Hills Prescription Diet dog food as well as wet Science Diet recipes for potentially elevated levels of Vitamin D.

1/31/2019, Purina Honor Show Chow Showlamb Grower

On January 31, 2020 the Purina company announced a voluntary recall for select lots of their Purina Honor Show Chow dog food due to the discovery of elevated copper levels.

3/17/2017, Blue Buffalo

On March 17, 2017 the Blue Buffalo Company voluntarily issued a recall for one lot of their BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs.

3/17/2017, Wellnesss

On March 17, 2017 the WellPet Company issued a voluntary recall for one of their canned topper products, Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs. The recall was issued due to potentially elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone. No other Wellness products are affected by this recall.

3/2/2017, Blue Buffalo

Blue Buffalo Recalls Blue Divine Delights and Blue Wilderness Trail from Pet Smart stores due to seals that may not have been properly sealed.

2/14/2017, Against the Grain

Against the Grain pet food is voluntarily recalling one batch of Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs that was manufactured and distributed to independent pet retailers in December 2015 in Washington and Maryland.

2/13/2017, Blue Buffalo Canned

Blue Buffalo, headquartered in Wilton, Connecticut, is voluntarily recalling cans of Blue Buffalo Homestyle Healthy Weight dog food according to an announcement on their web site Monday, February 13.

2/8/2017, PetSmart

PetSmart issued a voluntary recall on February 8, 2020 of one production lot of its Grreat Choice Adult Dog Food sold on,, and in nationwide PetSmart retail stores.

2/3/2017, Evangers, 12oz Hunk of Beef

Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food of Wheeling, Illinois, has voluntarily recalled specific lots of its Hunk of Beef product because the contaminant pentobarbital was detected in one lot of the pet food.

1/13/2017, Blue Ridge Beef

Blue Ridge Beef is voluntarily recalling one (1) of its frozen products due to their potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

10/7/16, Cesar, Filet Mignon Flavor Wet Food

On October 7, 2016 Mars Petcare US (the manufacturer of Cesar dog food products) issued a voluntary recall of their Filet Mignon Flavor wet food due to the presence of plastic in certain batches. This recall occurred because small hard white pieces of plastic entered the food during the production process, causing a potential choking risk.

9/8/16, Addiction, New Zealand Canned Dog Food Entrees

On September 8, 2016 Addiction Foods issued a voluntary recall for batches of their New Zealand canned dog food entrees due to elevated levels of Vitamin A and a slight variance in calcium-phosphorus ratios. This recall affected 13.8-ounce cans of Addiction New Zealand Brushtail and Vegetables entrée and Addiction New Zealand Venison and Apples entrée.

5/31/16, Blue Buffalo, Life Protection Formula

On May 31, 2016 Blue Buffalo issued a very limited recall for one of their Life Protection formulas due to possible mold contamination. This recall affected 30-pound bags of Life Protection Formula Fish and Sweet Potato dry food.

3/26/16, Smallbatch Pets, Dog Duckbatch Sliders

On March 26, 2016 Smallbatch Pets was affected by an FDA-issued recall due to potential salmonella and listeria contamination. This recall affected a single batch of 3-pound frozen bags of Smallbatch Dog Duckbatch Sliders – no illnesses were reported.

3/18/16, Fromm, Fromm Gold Canned Food

On March 18, 2016 Fromm issued a voluntary recall of several Gold canned food recipes due to inadequate levels of vitamins and minerals. This recall affected all lots of 12-ounce cans for the Gold Chicken Pate, Chicken & Duck, and Salmon & Chicken Pate canned food recipes.

3/10/16, Purina, Beneful and Proplan

On March 10, 2016 Purina issued a voluntary recall for several Beneful and Proplan products due to inadequate levels of vitamins and mienrals. This recall affected 10-ounce tubs from certain batches for the following recipes: Beneful Prepared Meals (all varieties), Beneful Chopped Blends (all varieties), Proplan Savory Meals (Braised Chicken Entrée, Braised Pork Entrée, Braised Turkey Entrée, Grilled Salmon Entrée, and Braised Beef & Rice Entrée).

1/15/16, Vital Essentials, Frozen Chicken Patties Entrée

On January 15, 2016 Vital Essentials issued a voluntary recall for 6-pound bags of Vital Essentials Frozen Chicken Patties Entrees for dogs due to potential salmonella contamination. This recall affected products distributed in Florida, Georgia, California, Texas, Rhode Island, and Washington.

1/4/16, Big Dog Natural, Chicken Supreme and Fish Supreme

On January 4, 2016 Big Dog Natural was affected by an FDA-issued recall for a single production lot of two products due to potential salmonella or listeria contamination. The recipes affected were all weight volumes of Big Dog Natural Fish Supreme and Big Dog Natural Chicken Supreme recipe.

12/13/16, Nutro, Apple Chewy Treats

On December 13, 2016 the Mars Petcare company issued a voluntary recall for Nutro dog treats due to potential mold contamination. This recall affected 4-ounce bags of Nutro Apple Chewy Treats.

12/11/15, Stella & Chewy’s, Super Beef Dinner Morsels

On December 11, 2015 Stella & Chewy’s issued a voluntary recall for several frozen pet food products due to potential listeria contamination. This recall affected the following recipes: Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs, Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs, Frozen Duck Duck Goose Dinner Morsels for Cats, and Frozen Chick Chicken Chicken Dinner Morsels for Cats.

12/10/15, Bravo, Chicken Blend and Turkey Blend

On December 10, 2015 Bravo Pet Foods issued a voluntary recall for several products due to potential salmonella contamination. This recall affected the following products: Chicken Blend diet 2-pound chubs, Chicken Blend diet 5-pound chubs, Turkey Blend diet 5-pound bags, and Balance Turkey diet 3-pound bags.

1/1/15, Dave’s, Simply the Best

On January 1, 2015 Dave’s Pet Food issued a voluntary recall of a single batch of dog food due to an “off odor”. This recall affected the Dave’s Simply the Best Dog Food with a “Best By” date of October 15, 2016.

11/28/15, Hill’s Science Diet, Various Canned Foods

On November 28, 2015 Hill’s Science Diet issued a voluntary recall for some Hill’s Science Diet canned dog foods. The company did not release any specific details regarding the reason for this recall but the stated reason was a “mislabeling problem”.

11/25/15, Blue Buffalo, Wilderness Wild Chews

On November 25, 2015 Blue Buffalo issued a voluntary recall of one lot size of bone treats due to potential for salmonella contamination. This recall affected one lot size of Cub Size Wilderness Wild Chews Bones distributed in PetSmart stores.

10/2/15, K-9 Kraving, Chicken Patties

On October 2, 2015 K-9 Kraving was affected by an FDA-issued recall for one of their dog food products due to potential salmonella and listeria contamination. The product affected by this recall was the Chicken Patties Dog Food product.

10/23/15, Good ‘N Fun, Beefhide Chicken Sticks

On October 23, 2015 Good ‘N Fun was affected by an FDA-issued recall for one of their dog treat products due to potential salmonella contamination. The product affected by this recall was 2.8-ounce bags of Good ‘N Fun Beefhide Chicken Sticks.

9/25/15, OC Raw Dog, Assorted Raw Products

On September 25, 2015 OC Raw Dog was affected by an FDA-issued recall for several of their frozen dog food products due to potential salmonella contamination. This recall affected the following products: 6.5-pound Doggie Dozen Patties, 4-pound Doggie Sliders and 3-pound Meaty Rox of the Chicken, Fish & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Recipe.

7/24/15, Nature’s Variety, Instinct Raw Chicken

On July 24, 2015 Nature’s Variety was affected by an FDA-issued recall for two raw dog food products due to potential salmonella contamination. The products affected by this recall were 4-pound and 7-pound packages of Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites and 6-pound bags of Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Patties.

7/23/15, Bravo, Bravo Blend Chicken

On July 23, 2015 Bravo issued a voluntary recall for several chicken formula products due to potential salmonella contamination. The products affected by this recall include the following: Bravo Blend Chicken Diet and Bravo Balance Chicken Dinner in chubs and patties.

7/20/15, Natural Dog Co., Tremenda Sticks

On July 20, 2015 Natural Dog Co. was affected by an FDA-issued recall for a single batch of dog treats due to potential salmonella contamination. The product affected by this recall was 12-ounce bags of 12-inch Tremenda Sticks pet chews.

Do not take the health and wellness of your dog for granted – stay up to date with the latest recalls to ensure that your pet’s food is safe to eat. In addition to keeping an eye on recall notices, you should also make an effort to feed your dog the highest quality food you can afford. High-quality pet food manufacturers are not immune to recalls but they typically employ safer manufacturing processes with higher standards for quality and safety.

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7 thoughts on “Dog Food Recall Information and Alerts 2020”

  1. I purchased Iams Proactive Health canned Pate with Chicken and Whole grain rice from Kroger in Pearl, MS approx 7 days ago. I gave it to my Boston terrier and my Chihuahua. I should have known something was wrong when my Boston terrier refused it but since my Chihuahua ate it I guessed that my Boston didn’t like the taste. Well my Chihuahua ate it for three days and began throwing up. I had to take her to the vet and the vet gave her anti vomiting pills, diarrhea pills, and an antibiotic. When I saw the vet yesterday I didn’t think of the food being the problem until I opened another can tonight and neither dog would eat it!!!! I believe my Chihuahua has been poisoned. I am calling my vet first thing Monday morning and reporting this dog food as what I believe is the problem with my dog since she has not eaten anything since she ate this, and she has had nothing else new in this house. The dry Iams she and my Boston have been eating, I have had the bad several weeks and they are fine on it. This was new to my house. IF my dog dies I will hire a lawyer. You can not be making dog food that is killing animals. I love my dog and how dare you make this product that now has my little 5 lb dog sick and she won’t eat anything!! Numbers on the bottom of the can are BB 010217 21 1 and
    701CKKCF 0908RE What is wrong with this product and why is my dog so sick she can’t eat ANY FOOD since consuming this product??????????????????????? This is a report against the dog food and not the author of this article.

  2. I would like to know if there have been any recalls on any of Rachel Rays dog food both dry and wet. Also on any of the Pedigree dog food. Thank You

  3. A couple of weeks ago we noticed our Chihuahua, Macy had a sudden change in her actions and was yipping if picked up and moaning if touched tummy. She would not get off her bed and not eating well and urinated in her bed. We got very concerned and was going to take to Vet. When we went to replenish her Science Diet wet food, that is when we saw the recall notice. We had been giving her the recalled food for at least 14 days! We stopped immediately and she started acting better the very next day. This was very, very scary.

  4. Around July 10, 2017, I was suddenly awaken by my Labrador Retriever, Jax, who was breathing heavy, panting, drooling, his front leg was swollen and I when I checked his heart rate, it was 180 (yes, i know how to do this). I got him to the our vet, Dr. Carter, the next day where an exam and x-rays were done. Her initial thought was that he may have been bitten by something and his leg was just to swollen to find the bite mark. I was given antibiotics and took him home. While his heart rate did slow down some, his health did not bounce back over the next 24 hours. Jax could barely stand up. His breathing was labored and I immediately took him back in to the vet on the Friday of that same week.
    Dr. Novak examined Jax and took a look at the x-rays which were taken a few days before. She came back in and asked me a bunch of questions and then took me to look at the x-rays. She pointed out to me what she thought was fluid drowning his lungs and a very enlarged heart. She immediately put him on Furosemide and referred me to a Cardiologist. I got Jax in to see Dr. Brayley at Bay Area Veterinary Specialist quickly. An ultrasound was done, blood work and full examination. This is where I was told my Jax had DCM and it was near advanced. His heart was in fact, nearly twice the size it should be and his lungs were full of fluid. His life would now entail daily doses of pills and monthly check-ups, limited exercise and eventually lose the battle. I fed Jax Blue Buffalo dog food his entire life – up till when he was diagnosed with DCM. He was
    then put on Science Diet Heart Prescription Food. Jax struggled and had many ups and downs. Good days and bad days but he was a fighter. He got to see 2 more Christmas’s and 2 birthdays. His health started deteriorating quickly around January of 2020. I quit my job so I could be by his side as now he was basically in home hospice.
    He lost a lot of weight – down to 52 lbs. He rarely ate and when he did, 1 out of 2 times he would throw it up. He struggled to drink water and was so weak, he couldn’t hold himself up long enough to go to the bathroom. On April 19, 2020, my husband and I had to make the decision to let him go. His quality of life was gone. He lost his battle with DCM. I know Blue Buffalo was in trouble years ago for having issues with the ingredients they claimed were part of their recipe. Now I hear of this relationship between Blue Buffalo and DCM and I am devastated and my family is torn. Our Jax passed away, 12 years, 6 months and 3 days old.

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