Best Ways to Track Dog Product Recalls

The following article was provided to us by veterinarian and writer Susan Wright DMV. Hope you enjoy.

There is nothing scarier than allowing your dog to play with, or worse, eat a recalled product day in and day out. It seems that there have been more and more recalls lately – especially when it comes to our favorite animal’s daily nutrition. Since December 2011, there have been a number of recalled items involving dog products and it does not seem to be slowing down.

How Recalls Are Handled

Depending on the nature of the recall you may or may not be in the know of what is going on. The last real big recall for dog food was in 2007 with the big melamine scare.  This particular recall was pet food that was contaminated with melamine – and actually was responsible for the death of sixteen dogs and thousands of dogs that became ill due to this contamination. Companies are required to notify consumers of recalled items through the government agency assigned to their area of practice – sometimes the notification is simply a statement on their website or a letter that could pass for junk mail. Some recalls consumers may never learn about, unless a consumer group or the media gets attention of it and begins to spread the word.

However, companies who value their reputation and consumer base will do more to alert their consumers of any possible recall – and many will err on the side of caution when it comes to recalled items. This process truly is a fine line as the companies want to be responsible and do not want serious adverse effects related to their products or manufacturing, however they also do not want to cause havoc and doubt with their consumer base over something that is more than likely non-threatening to people or their lovable dogs or worse be sued for corporate negligence. So the line that many corporate executives are trying to balance is responsible corporate actions and creating unnecessary doubt?

Oftentimes corporations will hire firms that specifically handle the recall efforts, alerting the government, consumers and help administratively with the thousands of returned items, refunded money and even replaced products with the new contamination free version. Recalls are a burden on both consumers and the corporations but necessary to keep people and dogs healthy and safe from unnecessary harm. Rather than depending on the man to inform you when it comes to your dog’s health and safety you may find it helpful to check into some consumer watchdog websites and even government regulatory websites to keep tabs on recalls yourself.

Staying on Top of Recalls

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the government agency responsible for monitoring, or rather, regulating pet food. However, this agency is also in charge of regulating all people food as well as prescription drugs and helps to enforce the unregulated industry of dietary supplements. So needless to say, this agency is very busy and may not be as proactive as many would like to see. However they do have a webpage dedicated to pet food recalls, and even more specifically one for dogs: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/newpetfoodrecalls/#Dog

Another great channel to skim is consumer watchdogs. This website is another thorough listing of current and past recalls when it comes to our lovable, four-legged companions. They even have a link to their twitter account which is very helpful for staying up-to-date with exactly what is going on in the world of dogs! http://www.dogchannel.com/dog-news/dog-product-recall-topiclist.aspx

A wireless dog fence expert, veterinarian and writer; Susan Wright DMV provides advice on the topic of family pets and teaches owners to care for them properly.