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Tips for frazzled consumers: How to report a pet food to the FDA

Imagine, your dog has just been diagnosed with what your veterinarian suspects may be food poisoning – what is the first thing you do? Why, panic of course.

Being in a state of sheer panic is never a good thing especially when you’re trying to deal with a complex problem or attempting to navigate the vast ocean of information on how to report a pet food problem to the government which would reduce even the hardiest of people to a complete meltdown.

So, grab a bag of cookies, a cigarette, a martini, some Rescue Remedy – or all four if you’re really in bad shape – and sit down in your comfiest chair, because I will be helping you steer your passage through the sea of complaining-to-the-government-about-pet-food information overload.

First, check out Poisoned Pets’ fabulous guide: The Complete Guide to Making a Pet Food Complaint. It is a compilation of all the various documents from all the numerous places found hiding in the government intertubes collected and organized in one handy document for your reading pleasure.

OK, so maybe it’s not a pleasure – but at least it’s organized in one place!

Second, if you really feel you must, peruse these excellent sources (below).

The links provide a plethora of information on how to report a pet food to the FDA written by the FDA – from the very, very basic (for the completely nerve-shattered) – to the unbelievably in-depth (best read after taking a Valium or two):


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Mollie Morrissette

Mollie Morrissette, the author of Poisoned Pets, is an animal food safety expert and consumer advisor. Help support her work by making a donation today.