Pet Care

Pet Food Recalls

The FDA sends out periodic notices about isolated pet food recalls—both voluntary and involuntary. Please check the FDA’s website for the most current information about safety alerts and recalls.

I think my pet is sick from contaminated food. What should I do?

If your pet shows any signs of illness, including loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, changes in water consumption or changes in urination, please consult your veterinarian or call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435.

What is the best food to give to my pet?

In general, the ASPCA recommends high quality, premium pet foods for most pets, since they are research-based formulas that include specific nutrients for your pet’s well-being. If your pet is used to eating a particular type of food, a sudden change in diet or diet type may upset her stomach. This may be especially problematic for pets with pre-existing illnesses.

Does the ASPCA recommend homemade diets for pets?

Homemade diets require a substantial amount of work to ensure that the final product includes a complete nutritional balance. It is very important to follow recipe directions exactly, not allowing for substitutions or omitting of ingredients. If you wish to use a homemade diet, please consult with your veterinarian or an animal nutritionist for an acceptable recipe.