Know the warning signs that your dog's food may be tainted

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The J.M. Smucker company isrecalling a variety of dog food products after some of it was found to be tainted with a drug used to euthanize animals.

The company said last week it is pulling back shipments of several varieties of wet canned Gravy Train , Kibble 'N Bits , Skippy and Ol' Roy brands. It said it is investigating how the euthanasia drug pentobarbital got into its supply chain and is focusing on a single supplier of a minor ingredient used at one manufacturing facility.

Dog food recalls happen often, and it is hard to tell for an owner if there is something wrong with the food until it get recalled, but there are warning signs to look out for.

Dr. Maureen Ward, owner and vet at Harrisonburg Animal Hospital, said your dog will show signs if something is wrong with their food.

Ward said if your dog usually gets excited to eat its food and suddenly does not want it anymore, that is a sign that something may be wrong with it.

Ward said GI issues are typically a result of something wrong with the food and vomiting and diarrhea can follow. If your dog is intermittently vomiting for a day, do not wait to take them to the vet.

"We always say here at Harrisonburg Animal Hospital, if you have enough concern to call the vet, it's probably a good idea to be seen by the vet, but you know, the main thing is the energy level of the pet," said Ward.

If your pet begins acting lethargic, that is another concern that there may be something wrong.

Ward suggested purchasing dog food with an Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) qualification on it. This qualification means that the food has been through a quality check for all different stages of life.

You can also check an independent list of pet foods rated by what they contain, thanks to the Clean Label project. Learn more here.

You can find a full list of the recalled dog foods here.



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