We dog lovers only want the best for our pups, so it’s imperative that we learn about the foods and brands that we are feeding them. This list was compiled based on Dog Food Advisor’s list of pet food recalls from 2009-present. In a world where nothing is guaranteed, your best bet is to research the products you use for your pet, and to use your best judgement from there. You will see from this list that even expensive or “high-quality” brands are not always exceptions to recalls.
NOTE: The number of recalls listed include “expanded recalls.” Expanded recalls indicate that the company issued the recall of a particular product, then expanded the recall to include another product (say, another flavor of treat or lot number). This will account for multiple recalls being issued around the same time, for the same reason.
1. Blue Buffalo: 3 Recalls From 2010-2016
This company’s latest dog food recall was from just last week, which involved a kibble batch that had high levels of moisture, potentially leading to mold growth. You may have heard about a recent class-action settlement in which the company was sued for false labeling.
2. Stella and Chewy’s: 3 Recalls In 2015
This includes an extended recall. This company promotes products that are made from natural and sustainable ingredients. These recalls of dog and cat products were isolated within a 6-month span because of the possible presence of Listeria, which can be life-threatening. However, the Stella and Chewy website stands behind their safety standards, and you can check the results of a specific lot number here.
3. Iams/Eukanuba: 4 Recalls From 2010-2013
These brands have recalled foods and treats for both dogs and cats for reasons that include potential Salmonella contamination and potential mold growth. One recall was for puppy food that may have contained aflatoxin levels–toxins produced by molds in food–that exceeded the acceptable limit.
4. Nature’s Variety: 5 Recalls From 2010-2015
This includes one expanded recall. These recalls have involved the company’s raw dog and cat food products and were issued because possible Salmonella contamination. One product was considered a potential choking hazard because plastic pieces were found in one of the batches. Another recall involved kibble that developed an “unusual odor” over time, however the product was not considered to be contaminated.
5. Merrick: 6 Recalls From 2010-2011
Since 2009, only this brand’s dog treats (not food) have been recalled, and two were considered expanded recalls. They were due to possible Salmonella contamination. It is also important to point out that they have not had a recall within the past 5 years.
6. Diamond Dog Food: 7 Recalls In 2012
These include extended recalls that occurred between April and May of 2012. The recalls were also associated with several other brands including Kirkland Signature, Natural Balance, and Taste of the Wild. All were due to possible Salmonella contamination and appear to have been an isolated instance. However, there was also a recall in March of 2013 for cat food that may have contained too-low Thiamine levels.
7. Bravo: 7 Recalls From 2011-2015
This raw pet food brand has recalled products for both cats and dogs. The recalls were issued due to the possible presence of Salmonella or Listeria.
If you find out your pet’s products have been recalled, don’t panic. Keep in mind that many recalls are voluntary and precautionary. However, you should err on the side of caution and consult your vet. Stop giving your pet the affected product and do a little research to find out the reason for the recall. Learn about what symptoms to look for, should your pet be affected. If your companion is already in good health, there’s a good chance that he or she will be fine, but again, it’s always wisest to formulate a game plan with your vet, just in case.
Thinking about making your own dog food? Check out dog food recipe books, “human foods” that are safe for dogs to eat, and easy homemade dog treat ideas. As always, check with your vet before feeding Fido something new.
To find out more about recalls from 2009-now, check out this list on Dog Food Advisor.
We at iHeartDogs plan to continue on keeping you in-the-know when it comes to reporting breaking recalls. You can also sign up to receive emailed Dog Food Recall Alerts via Dog Food Advisor.