Added May 4, 2012: No more speculating…there has been an official recall announced of Kirkland Dog foods as well as a number of other foods made at the Diamond plant. As of this evening, Costco has started to robo-call people who have purchased the recalled food and is recommending that you return the food. I have written a complete article to explain more details about the recall which you can read here:
Added May 5, 2012: Many of you have asked if you can return your food to Costco if you have thrown out the bag. Some readers have informed me that you can take the food back even without the bag. Because it was purchased at Costco, they can look back in your account and see that you have purchased the food.
Original Article starts here:
I recently wrote about a voluntary recall on Diamond Naturals Lamb and Rice Food because of possible salmonella contamination. This recall has prompted fears about the safety of many other foods that are also manufactured by Diamond.
On the Ask A Vet Question Facebook Page, I had some users ask me if the recall also affected other brands that are manufactured by Diamond. Diamond Pet Food also manufactures the following foods:
My first response, when I was questioned about this was to say that there was nothing to worry about. Diamond was quite specific in stating that there were only 5 lots of food that they felt were potentially contaminated.
So, why am I writing this article? There is currently a lot of rumor circulating around the internet saying that there is a recall on Kirkland Dog Food sold at Costco.
There is no official recall. Correction – there now has been a recall (see here Many people, however, are claiming that the food has made their dogs sick.
One of the main goals of my site is to tell the truth in the place of internet rumors. As a vet, I get really frustrated when my clients come to me with information that they got off the internet. Just because it is on a website, it doesn’t mean that it is true!
So, I am asking for your help! I would like to hear of your stories of potential problems with Kirkland Dog Food. It’s not enough, though, to have a few people say, “I feed Kirkland food and last week my dog had diarrhea.” But, if we have enough people who have seen the same symptoms, it may give us enough evidence to know that there is a problem. We are seeing the same thing happen with my article on Chicken Jerky Problems. When I initially started to get comments on that article I didn’t think there was enough evidence to say that there was a serious problem. However, patterns started to emerge that showed that a large number of dogs who had eaten chicken jerky manufactured in China were getting an increase in thirst and urination as well as serious gastrointestinal issues. There are over 550 comments on that article from concerned pet owners. The FDA is paying attention and working hard to find the culprit!
If you feed Kirkland Dog food, please leave a comment below, and let us know if your dog has shown any sign of illness. If yes, please tell us what variety your dog eats and also what symptoms he or she had. And, even if your dog is not sick, please let us know what type of Kirkland food you buy. That way, if there is a problem, the pattern should soon emerge!
Thank you for helping! And please, share this on Facebook. The more people we can get to take part in this, the better!