In late July, Proctor & Gamble, the manufacturer of IAMS® & Eukanuba® pet foods, issued a RECALL on lots of BOTH of these brands, and keeps expanding the list to include other lots due to possible Salmonella contamination.

This is a HUGE recall that includes Veterinary Diets produced by the company.

The food affected by this recall are as follows:

  • ALL IAMS® Veterinary Diet Dry Formulas (and sizes)
  • ALL Eukanuba® Naturally Wild® Formulas (and sizes)
  • ALL Eukanuba® Pure® Formulas (and sizes)
  • ALL Eukanuba® Custom Care Sensitive Skin® Formula (and sizes)

These foods were sold in veterinary clinics and pet specialty stores across the United States and Canada.  Currently, no canned foods, biscuits, or supplements are included.

According to Veterinary Practice News:

The recalled products are manufactured in a single, specialized facility, according to P&G. The company reported that some of the products made at the facility have the potential for salmonella contamination. As a precautionary measure, P&G is recalling all products made at the facility.

No illnesses have been reported, according to the company.

Pets with salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain, according to P&G. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

P&G urges pet owners to contact their veterinarian if their pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms.

People handling dry pet food can become infected with salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product, according to P&G.

Healthy people infected with salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare provider, according to the company.

For further details or to receive a product refund, call 1-877-894-4458, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT.

For the full list of UPC codes, go HERE for the official Release Statement from P&G.

If you have ANY bags of food involved in this recall, dispose of them immediately!  Handling the contaminated food can transmit Salmonella poisoning to humans, and should be taken VERY seriously.

We just recently posted about a coupon for $8 off a bag of Eukanuba® Puppy, and as far as I can read, this food was not produced in the same facility as those involved in the recall, thus we’ll leave the post up and running for now.  However, if the list expands to include this food, we’ll let you know.

We’ll keep you updated.

UPDATE: We received an email from P&G this morning (8/6/10) asking us to please remove the image we used in this post, and to use one of theirs due to the inaccurate display of foods NOT involved in the recall.  We promptly are removing the image and will updating it to one they have provided for us.  Thank you, P&G for taking this issue seriously.

10 Thoughts on “IAMS & Eukanuba Dog Food RECALL!

  1. I think that they should look even deeper into this recall. We have been loyal Iams customers for years. We had a bag of Pro-Active Weight Control that our dogs wouldn’t eat. At first, we were in a hot spell and we assumed that they were not eating because of the heat, but our lab was loosing weight (26lbs total.) He was happy to have treats and was devouring rawhides. We decided to throw away the rest of the bag of food and open a new one. They started eating again, but after a couple of days on that food they both started vomiting. I cleaned up 6 piles of vomit in less than 2 days. We became suspicious of the food, and decided it was time to change brands. They are back to their normal eating habits without incident. We pointed this out to our vet, but she said that at the time there were no Iams recalls.. and then a few weeks later they are having this one. I just wanted to pull attention to it for anyone that might be using the Pro-Active line, especially if you are seeing issues with your dog.

  2. Thank you Donna for sharing this with our readers. Sometimes the only way we can get the attention of these large companies is to share our stories and experiences it seems.

    -Erin & Bubbs

  3. nancy reed-jones on August 12, 2010 at 10:40 pm said:

    My dog is in the hospital tonight with salmonella poisoning after eating her Iams dry dog food. She was having diahrea for the past two days, not eating and very lathargic, The vet bill is $1,200 so far. I feel the company should pay the vet bill since I had faith in their food and fed it to my dobermann.

  4. I’m so sorry to hear about your situation, Nancy. I’m not sure how to go about dealing with that, but I would certainly express your situation and concern with P&G. Write them a letter, email, or give them a call and see what they have to offer their customers who are in your situation. I’d be interested to hear what they have to say, and I’m sure you do too!

    Telling customers to simply throw away the contaminated bags does NOTHING to help when our dogs have already eaten the food.

    If I was in your situation, I’d certainly fight! And be strong because I know there has to be other owners out there in the same boat you are. Find them, gather, protest & demand until you get what you deserve!

    I sincerely hope that you and your dog makes it through this!! Please keep us updated on the status of your dog’s condition and yours as well!

    Our deepest apologies,
    Erin & Bubbs

  5. Aunt Carol on August 13, 2010 at 7:03 pm said:

    My niece has a 11 year old male shit tzu .
    She has been a loyal customer of eukanuba since a puppy.
    Starting in July her pet started the symptoms
    vomiting etc. In short there is a series of events.
    This past week he has become so ill he is in critical care
    at a veterinarian hospital he has been poked * p rotted *hydrated * iv antibiotics. On top of this terrible ordeal the clinic wants to do an biopsy. I has cost my niece’s family over $ 2000.00. Now how much do you let your conscience keep going keeping in mind the pain and suffering he is experiencing. Financially the family is trying to get by like thousands of Americans are facing !
    The veterinarian clinic seem to not have a problem with over-sized bills. Tell me how they sleep at night !!!
    This is an very emotional situation. how do you decide what and when to stop the testing keeping in mind the decision to possibly euthanize ! Please tell me how ??????
    In summary I would like the PET FOOD COMPANY TO compinsate
    my niece for all the agony mentally & physically for herself family & her beloved PET !!!!
    As far as pet clinics come on people lets unite to stop this increasing costs ! I believe in taking care of the pet but now they are members of family …they are not electronics where you can fix them or replace !
    Life is life things will occur age lifestyle environment. BUT WHAT I AM SAYING IS TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR PRODUCT !
    and to Vet’s Slow down yes we need you but do not work on the emotions of people and if it works you are a great vet and if not its science!!
    I am a realistic person & I will see this through the family has had like I said and finical burden & emotional
    breakdown with more to face in the coming weeks.

  6. Krissy on August 20, 2010 at 9:52 pm said:

    Large Breed Puppy food Pro-active I have a 16 month old golden retriever. For the past two and half month my dog would vomit or have diahrea or sometimes both once a week. My vet said to take her food and water away, and to give her 1 TBS of pepto every six hours. Usually after the second dosage she would stop vomitting and having diahrea. I would slowing give her a little bit of food every day until she was back to her normal amount again. Once she returned to her normal amount of food she would become sick the following day. I first thought it was the heat because of the hot summer we have been having, then we thought maybe she was eatting grass or sticks, so we began to watch her like a hawk. My husband even thought it was from us letting her drink from the garden hose. We had taken away all dog treats, dental bones, milk bones, nothing besides her food. The last straw was this past Saturday. I wake up to a pile of diahrea by the door, a pile of puke right outside her crate, and yet another little diahrea present inside her crate. She sleeps in her crate, but it is never closed she just enjoys her “house”. Through out the day Maggie was having severe diahrea where it was actually shooting out her rear end like a water hose. Once the second dosage of pepto kicked in she was fine. I called Iams and told them what I had concluded. I also told them that she had just been in for her annual visit and had a clean bill of health no parasites, negitive hearth worm, and is up to date on all shots. They told me that they have no known cases on the Iams Large Breed Puppy food Pro-active. Now they want me to just through hoops for them by having my vet talk to their vets. I told them right off, I’m not trying to get money, they should just know there is a problem with their food so that no smaller puppy would be sick. My dog Maggie has been switched now to pedigree since Sunday, and has been doing well. Matter of fact she gobbles down the Pedigree way faster than she ever ate the Iams.

    I’m wondering if anyone else is experiancing the same thing? Either way I’m not going back to Iams. Just a note I had happen to have the last two bags that she had ate from. Which went along with the time frame of her getting sick. It takes her a little over two months to finish a bag, and we had just opened the new bag 2 weeks ago. The exp date on the bags were both in the time frame as the recalled Iams, but this is a Pro-Active, so it wasn’t recalled. Strange coinsidence don’t you think?

  7. A few days ago my chocolate lab (2 yrs old) starting having bloody diarrea and vomiting. We took him to the vet and they diagnosed him with HGE. Of course we took him off the solid dry food and put him on can food recommended by vet. Total $400.00 for vet bill. He is doing much better(of course because he is not eating contaminated food). Today I get a call from my wife saying our 3 year old dalmation is having the same symptons.. I called another vet, happened to mention that we use eukanuba large breed and they mentioned to check the the recall list. My wife is currently driving him to the vet right now.. A few things I have found… HGE is usually diagnosed AFTER ruling everything else out. 1. How would a vet not know ANYTHING about a recall this large. We are going to have a total of about $800.00 in vet bills…IAMS BETTER REIMBURSE US. I am prepared for class action lawsuit as I know we are not the only ones from reading the previous posts. I will post as I hear more from my wife. But it appears that there are reported cases of salmonella. Dogs have been on the same food brand/flavor since we have had them.

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  9. Woofy dog lover on April 30, 2011 at 3:25 am said:

    feed HOMEMDAE check out the foods bad for dogs make the food also buy supplements. Will be cheaper and much healthier

  10. My vet recommended this food and I got a small bag for my puppy , he loved it. Then I bought a big bag but did not pay attention to the expiration since I was not aware of the recall. My puppy and my older dog, who always got a few of the puppy kibbles, got sick with diarrhea and vomiting. That’s when I researched and learned of the recall. My food was labeled with an expiration date one month later than what they stated but I think it still was contaminated. My puppy will not eat that food anymore, we got a different brand which seems to have no such issues. I am just irritated that companies don’t recall all the bags they sell to vets bc they did not know about it either.

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