Green Bay and Allocate Animal Hospital Encourage Customers to Check Dog Food After Nationwide Recall | WFRV Local 5

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Green Bay and Allouez Veterinary Hospitals are helping their customers ensure our four-legged friend’s food is safe to eat.

This national dog food recall could be the cause of hundreds of deaths and illnesses in some pets, sources say.

On Tuesday, August 17, the FDA announced a company-wide issue with Midwest Pet Foods, Inc. The statement explains that manufacturing plants have exhibited violations in multiple locations that could be linked to hundreds of pets becoming ill and/or dying from eating the company’s food.

Reports show that as of August 9, 130 pet deaths are linked to the company’s product. Records also show more than 200 pets facing an illness that may be linked to the dry food product.

Dr. Becky Krull explains how difficult dog food management can be. Krull urges pet owners to consult their veterinarians for advice because feeding a healthy pet is so important. Say, “there are a lot of preservatives and other things added to food that make food unsafe and unhealthy.”

To help their customers determine which ingredients to watch out for, Green Bay and Allocate Animal Hospital have provided ingredients to avoid when shopping for food. Buyers want to avoid any label with the words “meat meal” or “meat and bone meal”, officials say. Animal health officials also say you shouldn’t buy products that contain “generic animal fats,” chemical preservatives, artificial colors, or products that contain high amounts of meat-based protein. An additional note explained by Animal Hospital is that buyers should not use products bearing the “certified nutritionist” label as there is no “standardization”.

The hospital has also provided warning signs of changes in your pets that could mean their food is not good for them.

  • Behavioral issues
  • skin problems or itching
  • bowel problems or flatulence
  • significant weight gain or loss
  • vomit after eating
  • ear problems
  • loss of appetite
  • Act hungry all the time

Green Bay and Allocate Animal Hospital urge customers to seek the assistance of their local veterinarians with any questions or concerns they may have regarding your pet’s behavior or dietary options.

Benjamin M. Yerger