Unfortunately, many more recalls will be issued this year. It’s only a matter of how serious the recalls will be and how quickly health hazards can be caught before illnesses or deaths occur.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 21, 2013
There is a growing concern among dog owners across the country as the number of dog food recalls rapidly increases in 2013. According to the FDA, the following dog food has officially been recalled so far this year:
- Hartz Chicken Chews, Oinkies, and Pig Skin Twists.
- Milo's Kitchen Chicken Jerkey and Chicken Grillers Home-Style Hot Dog Treats
- MoorMan's ShowTec 18 Elite Lamb Dog Food
- Instinct Raw Pet Food
The most recent FDA recall was issued on February 19th. This time the recall was for Colorado Naturals dog treats, consisting of nearly 50 products.
As if this wasn't bad enough, there have been several voluntary dog food recalls as well. For example, Nature’s Variety Dog Food was recalled due to pieces of clear plastic being present in some bags of food, resulting in a choking hazard.
Concerned Dog Owners Take Action
A growing number of dog owners are beginning to fight back, including Mike Rogers, who founded the dog food review website DogFoodInsider.com in early February.
"Dogs are becoming more like members of the family rather than just backyard pets." Rogers said. "People want to know their dogs are eating a healthy and nutritious diet, free from dangerous recalls. That's why I created the dog food reviews you'll find on my website."
According to a study done by Milo’s Kitchen, one of the brands involved in a 2013 recall, an astonishing 81% of dog owners surveyed believe their dogs are true family members, equal in status to children. Considering there are now more dogs in the United States than children under the age of 18, the number of owners seeking high quality food has indeed increased.
When asked about the possibility of additional recalls being issued in 2013, Rogers said, “Unfortunately, many more recalls will be issued this year. It’s only a matter of how serious the recalls will be and how quickly health hazards can be caught before illnesses or deaths occur.”
Tips On Finding Safe Dog Food
Dog food companies spend millions of dollars marketing to dog owners, all claiming to be the healthiest brand for your dog. So who can be trusted?
Rogers suggests looking at a company’s recall history. If a company has had a pattern of issues in the past, there is a good chance they will have problems again.
Rogers adds, “The first 5 ingredients listed on a bag of kibble makes up the vast majority of the total food content. You want to see at least 2 or 3 named meat sources in the top 5 ingredients, but avoid unnamed meat sources like Meat Meal, as well as any meat by-products.”
You can find detailed dog food reviews, comparisons, ingredient list breakdowns and recall history reports on Rogers website, http://www.DogFoodInsider.com.