SOURCE: Fairview Hospital for Animals

April 08, 2012 11:30 ET

Decatur Animal Hospital Warns Pet Owners of Recalled Pet Foods

DECATUR, IL--(Marketwire - Apr 8, 2012) - Fairview Hospital for Animals is warning pet owners about recent pet food recalls. Several pet foods have been recalled in the last 12 months, including two dog foods in December 2011 for mold contamination. As a service to pet owners, the animal hospital maintains a free updated listing on its website, http://fairviewpetvet.com, with links to the latest information on pet food recalls. The hospital serves the Macon, Forsyth, Blue Mound, Mount Zion, and Boody communities in Macon County, Georgia.

Decatur veterinarian Dr. Shelly Stevens is warning pet owners about the latest string of pet food recalls. Dr. Stevens, along with fellow veterinarian Dr. Robert Groesch, practices at Fairview Hospital for Animals, and is seeking to raise awareness about the recent pet food recalls.

The veterinary hospital maintains an updated listing of pet food recalls on their website, http://fairviewpetvet.com, along with links to more information about each recall.

"Many pet owners are unaware that several popular pet foods have been recalled due to safety concerns in the last twelve months," said Dr. Stevens. "These foods include popular store brands like Iams and Purina ONE. Our website is a great resource for pet owners who are looking for information about which foods are safe and which are part of the recall."

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in December 2011, both Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy dry dog food and Cargill's River Run and Marksman dog foods were the subject of recalls due to concerns with mold contamination. Tests conducted on the food revealed higher than acceptable levels of aflatoxin, a by-product of the Aspergillus flavus fungus.

"Pets who consume contaminated foods may exhibit symptoms of illness, including general lethargy, reluctance to eat, vomiting, diarrhea, and a yellowish tint to the eyes or gums," said Dr. Stevens. "As a veterinarian, if you observe these symptoms in your pet, I recommend seeking urgent veterinary care."

Other pet foods affected by recent recalls include Kroger Brand pet food, Jones Natural Chews Pig Ears, Primal Pet Foods, and Purina ONE cat food. In December 2011, the FDA also issued a warning linking chicken jerky to illness in dogs.

For more information, pet owners can visit the animal hospital's website section on food recalls. For each recall listed, there is also a link to the FDA for more information.

"Our goal is to provide pet owners with an accurate and reliable source of information on pet food recalls," said Dr. Groesch. "As a pet owner, we understand that it can be a scary experience when the food that you feed your dog or cat is recalled. Our veterinary team is always available to answer any questions you may have and perform a full wellness physical on your pet to determine if your pet is suffering any ill effects due to consuming the recalled food."

In addition to wellness check-ups, the Fairview Hospital for Animals offers comprehensive pet care services, including pet vaccinations, pet dental cleaning and dermatology.

"We're proud to be a veterinary hospital serving the Decatur community and strive to educate pet owners about keeping their pets healthy," said Dr. Stevens.

Pet owners can learn more about the hospital and recalled foods on the website at http://fairviewpetvet.com.

Contact Information

  • Fairview Hospital for Animals
    Decatur, IL
    1-888-667-5235