Latest Round of Pet Food and Treat Recalls

The following recalls and withdrawals are posted on the FDA website under the Animal & Veterinary category.  Most are within the last week or so.  Click the links for additional details, including lot numbers.

Treats recalled for salmonella: Petco, Kasel, Menards, BIXBI, Boots and Barkley, Nutri-Pet, Nature’s Deli, Sam’s Club, Best Bully Sticks.

Honest Kitchen foods recalled for salmonella:  Verve, Zeal and Thrive

Chicken jerky treats recalled for salmonella:  Nutri-Vet and Nutri-Pet

Treats and greens recalled for salmonella:  Kaytee (These are treats made for birds.)

Nature’s Variety food recalled due to clear plastic pieces:  Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula

Hartz treats withdrawn for antibiotic residue:  Hartz Chicken Chews and Hartz Oinkies Pig Skin Twists Wrapped with Chicken

Milo’s Kitchen treats recalled for residual antibiotics:  Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats

Info from the CDC:

How do I know if my dog or cat has Salmonella infection?

  • Dogs and cats that become ill from Salmonella infection generally will have diarrhea that may contain blood or mucus. Affected animals may seem more tired than usual, and may have a fever or vomit.
  • Some cats do not have diarrhea, but will have a decreased appetite, fever, and excess salivation.
  • Some dogs or cats may have Salmonella infection but may not appear to be sick.

If your dog or cat has these signs of illness or you are concerned that your pet may have Salmonella infection, please contact your pet’s veterinarian. Let your veterinarian know if your pet recently consumed a recalled product. Do not feed your pet any more of the recalled products. Dispose of the products immediately.

To be on the safe side, I follow the same protocols when touching pet food and treats as I do for raw eggs – I wash my hands immediately with soap and water.

Added, February 25, 2013Hy-Vee grocery store brand dog foods recalled for aflatoxin.

20 thoughts on “Latest Round of Pet Food and Treat Recalls

  1. Add Dingo Wag’n Wraps to the do not buy list. I forgot to check for the made in china at the store as the last treats I bought were not or they were disguised well and I have one very sick dog right now. It may not even be related but better safe than sorry for a day or two.

    I had already made the decision not to mess with anymore Chinese pet food or additives but bought these to keep the dogs occupied during bad weather while I was gone. I have one that is terrified of wind and rain and when I got home checked the label and decided to take a chance “just this one time”.

    1. Also, I had already narrowed her illness down to the rawhide treats but thought she had just eaten a whole one too fast, but salmonella makes just as much sense. She had been through a day of storms so I thought nothing of her being ill at first.

  2. Any suggestions for SAFE store-bought treats? My cats get mostly ‘people food’ for treats…whatever we’re eating, they get a taste of (unless it would be dangerous.) They both eat wet food only, but my female LOVES kibble-type treats and I’d like to be able to give her some every now and again. But with all the recalls, I’m so nervous about all treats that I end up buying them and then throwing them out because I don’t quite trust them.

    (As an aside, I very recently bought some bags of beef jerky for myself. I was stocking up because the company has gone out of business and this is the only beef jerky that I really enjoy. Three out of four bags were fine. The fourth I ate one piece from and thought it tasted off…when I smelled the bag, it smelled VERY strongly of mold and bad meat. So far I seem okay, but so much for my beloved brand of beef jerky!)

    1. I heard about frozen RAW (not cooked) turkey necks for dogs for dental hygiene and they loved them. This very minute I read about feeding raw chicken necks to cats for the same reason. Next store trip will get some for my cat. You will notice if you do a web search the warnings about NEVER feeding cooked bones as they splinter et.. but animals don’t seem to have a problem with raw bones. If I can throw my little feral cat (he’s not really feral, he just likes to pretend) a whole chicken or game hen that will cut down on the prep time. I myself am a vegetarian but will make the exception for my retarded kids.

      1. Please make sure that anything you give your animals is well-balanced because great harm to their health can result if it is not. . My “go to” book for my dogs’ meals is holistic vet Karen Becker’s Healthy Food for Dogs and Cats. It can be found in any online bookstore as well as at She takes it step by step and shows how to make sure the food is balanced. Just “throwing a whole chicken or game hen” to your animals is something she has addressed in many of her articles on animals who had serious health problems and almost died from unbalanced meals. We feed raw and would never want to go back, but we do make sure the meals are balanced. In addition, we had to show one of our dogs how to tackle boney meats so he wouldn’t gulp them and choke or splinter a tooth. Feeding raw is best for animals (according to holistic vets) and those of us who feed raw see the fabulous results, but please don’t think there’s nothing more to it than throwing raw meat at your pet!

    2. I haven’t found any safe kibble-type treats for cats. There are numerous recipes on-line for them but I haven’t tried any yet.

      The treat I feed these days to my cats is ‘Cat Man Do’ shaved dried bonito flakes. They’ve been a big hit even though they don’t crunch. As a plus, when my oldest cat’s appetite has flagged a bit, soaking a spoonful of them in a little hot water produces a very fishy broth – and, in fact, that’s what they’re sold for in people food, to make Japanese dashi broth with.

    3. See Dr. Pierson’s non-commercial site Gizzards can be a good chewy treat. There is one low carb kibble that can can be given as a treat. See the Obesity section and video of how it can help get a cat to exercise.

      Some people will feed raw chicken wings. I prefer to take them apart and take all the meat off for our one cat who likes bones and gristle (former alley cat). I’m trying to control how many calories, so I weigh out their wet food and any raw they get.

  3. I would go the Three Dog Bakery route (They have great cookbooks too and the recipes are not complicated). Also the Mercola site ( – and you can always dehydrate fruits, vegetables, even organs and muscle meat. They do well dehydrated for healthy snacks. Hope that helps!

  4. My best dog, Sevin, died last March from what I thought at the time, Parvo, but later deduced it to be food poisoning, because two other dogs later got sick with the same symptoms, same food, but made it out alive. Walmart’s Ol’ Roy ‘Soft & Moist’ with cheese is suspected. (Cheese flavor only, not beef flavor)

    I miss her every time I count past six.

  5. Sliced apples or carrots. The owner of a guide dog told me her dog gets only carrots as treats… and will sit in the pantry when she goes in, helpfully indicating the carrot jar.

    Or if you’re making a roast chicken or turkey, poached gizzards chopped small are apparently a hit. I’ve never seen any bought treat get a reaction like that. Obviously hand-washing etc is important there, and there’s still the potential for all of these problems if there’s something wrong with the meat or vegetables you get.

  6. Thank you so very much for keeping usposted about these things. I watch every treat I buy my dog. She loves these things from WalMart, which I am leary of, but haven’t had a problem with nor heard of a problem with, they are ”Canine Carry Outs” bacon treats. And she likes these bacon flavored “Beggin’ Strips”.. I think they are what, Purina? I dont get these often they get hard and are too much . She’s too fat anyway and lazy.. lol! Again, thanks for the info!

    Kathie “Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened” Kathie


  7. It’s getting to the point where you just do not know what to give your pets anymore as treats, as most of them do originate in China. I have 4 dogs (small ones) and a poisoning would be terrible times 4. They love pupperoni’s, and chicken strips – don’t know what to do?????

  8. I got the Canine Carry Outs from Walmart this past week and gave only 2 to my dog. 4 hours later we had mucus diarrhea all over our living room from our incredibly well potty-trained dog. Poor thing couldn’t help himself. There was no other change to the diet. Sorry to be graphic, but you couldn’t have a more clear cause/effect. In the trash they went, and back to carrots as treats. (which my GSP loves anyway. ) :)

    Dog owners- please keep an eye on this. They depend on us. :)

    1. Jo same thing happened to my dog. Caine carryouts made my dog extremely itchy, hair falling out, sick feeling. She was itching so much she would whimper. I took her to the vet and they gave her antibiotics and told me to use oatmeal soap. Did this for awhile and it worked a little but not until I figured it was the carryouts causing the fuss. I told my husband to stop feeding her the snacks and she cleared up. Don’t feed these things to your dog. I understand they are full of sugar and can make your dog fat.

  9. I have just spent $7000 saving my dog from acquired fanconi syndrome (renal kidney damage) because I fed her Canine Carry Outs. Shortly after she started eating them she lost her appetite and had digestive problems. I fed her more of the treats because she liked them. She then stopped eating and drinking water completely and began trembling. She had to be treated aggressively with fluids and now has a feeding tube in her esophagus because she still has ulcers throughout her digestive system and will not eat. My package still reads “distributed by Del Monte” but I understand they have since changed their name to Big Heart Pet Brand. These products are not safe!

  10. I have been feeding my Shih Zhou terrier and long hair Chihuahua canine carry outs for about 4 years and haven’t had any problems. I give them the bacon flavored. I’m thinking some of the stories I am seeing on this page need to investigate further before railing on this particular brand of treats. I’ve seen no evidence of recalls

    1. I just bought a new bag two weeks ago and all last week both of my dogs had diarrhea and vomiting! One lasted for 3 days and the other lasted for 7. NOTHING changed in their routine or food except for buying a new bag of these. It was about 3-4 days after eating their first from this batch when they had explosive diarrhea. There may not be a recall, but I highly doubt anyone on here is making this up. I have a very regular schedule with my dogs, so I know if there is a change in anything. I will not being taking a chance on these again.

  11. I have a 3 month old French Bulldog that started vomiting after getting Canine Carry Out treats. Vet determined the stomach lining was thickened due to severe irritation and prescribed bland diet with meds.

  12. Well it really needs to be investigated. Our love of our lives a tiny long haired chawawa Tippy had the Canine Carry Outs and had seizures and we went to the vet and we lost her to the second seizure. .we will never get over this loss.i

  13. My niece lost Loki her dauschhund mix to sever seizures and we could not figure out the issue. We just got her a miniature Aussie “Badger” and have taken him to the ER vet tonight. He was showing the same symptoms as Loki was before he died due to massive Seizures. The only common denominator to both cases are the Canine Carry Out Treats. He was fed from the same bag. We will never use these treats again. If he survives the next 12 hours we will be incredibly happy.

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