Pet Product Recalls

All pet owners treat their furry family members to new toys, treats, collars, food, beds, and dental sticks on a regular basis, but not many of us know that some of these products get recalled just a few days or weeks after we get them for our darlings. These items get recalled because further tests or customer and vet feedback show that they are dangerous, and some of them can seriously harm or even kill your pet.

We care deeply about our and your pets and therefore, will publish a list of recalled products in our blog every few months; below is the list of products that were officially recalled this year. To keep up to date with pet product recalls, please visit and bookmark:

Please also remember to check where the product you are buying was produced. In the US, the FDA regulates the pet market and ensures that all products are properly tested before they can be sold. There are no or only very basic pet safety regulations in many other countries, and products imported from outside of the US can be toxic, poisonous, and harmful in many ways. For a list of toxic ingredients that should be avoided, please visit:


  • Cat and dog hemp oil tinctures and all products containing hemp oil due to excess of lead;
  • Dexmedetomidine hydrochloride injection (two lots) recalled by Fresenius Kabi due to cross-contamination with lidocaine;
  • Champion Meat Goat Pellets R20, medicated feed (510 x 50 lbs bags), recalled by CHS Nutrition due to elevated level of Rumensin (monensin);
  • Ranitidine products (Zantac) recalled by the FDA due to contamination with N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA);
  • Taro Pharmaceuticals phenytoin oral suspension USP, 125 mg/5ml recalled due to possible under- or overdosing;
  • Nutrebeef® Transition Pellet (one lot) recalled by Cargill due to elevated levels of monesin;
  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals recalled nizatidine capsules due to potential NDMA (Nitrosodimethylamine) impurity;
  • Mirtazapine tablets recalled by Aurobindo Pharma USA Inc. due to a label error on declared strength.


  • Natural Balance® Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Formula (one lot);
  • Carnivora fresh frozen patties due to a potential E. coli contamination;
  • IcelandicPlus LLC whole capelin fish pet treats recalled because the product exceeds FDA size regulations.


For cat parents, we would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the dangers of cat collars as there is a growing number of cases where kitties are either seriously injuring themselves or die by hanging because their parents put non-releasable collars on them. Please check out this Petmate post on the importance of quick-release collars for cats: and read the I Heart Cats article on what to avoid when buying a kitty collar:


  • Carnivora fresh frozen patties due to a potential E. coli contamination;
  • IcelandicPlus LLC whole capelin fish pet treats recalled because the product exceeds FDA size regulations.

Products recalled because they may contain aflatoxin:

  • Hunter’s Special® Maintenance Formula;
  • Champ® Mini Chunk Beef & Chicken Flavor;
  • Hunter’s Special® Hi-Energy Formula;
  • Good Dog Hi-Energy Formula;
  • Field Trial® Complete Nutrition Premium;
  • Paws Happy Life® Nutritionally Complete;
  • Pet Expert Always Fit Formula;
  • Principle Super Premium Natural Dog Food Breeder Pack;
  • Retriever® Bites & Bones Adult Complete Nutrition Savory Chicken;
  • River Bend Basic Nutrition;
  • River Bend Select; 
  • Sportsman’s Pride® Maintenance Adult Formula;
  • Sprout® Bites & Bones;
  • Sprout® Hi-Protein;
  • Sprout® Maintenance;
  • Sprout® Puppy;
  • Thrifty® Adult;
  • Top Runner® Premium;
  • Whiskers & Tails Adult Recipe Complete;
  • Family Pet® Meaty Cuts Beef Chicken & Cheese Flavors Premium Dog Food;
  • Heartland Farms® Grilled Favorites Beef Chicken & Cheese Flavor;
  • Paws Happy Life® Butcher’s Choice Dog Food. 

Products recalled because may contain Salmonella:

  • Paws Up! brand pig ear treats;
  • Aunt Jeni’s Home Made frozen raw pet food; 
  • Western Family Pig Ear Treats brand pig ear treats;
  • Billy+Margot Wild Kangaroo and Superfoods Recipe;
  • Nature’s Menu® Super Premium with a Blend of Real Chicken & Quail.

Thank you for caring about your pet enough to read through this post, you are a great pet parent! We wish you a safe and healthy rest of the year, and hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving and Christmas this year!

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