I almost screamed my head off when I found a dead mouse in my dog’s dry food bag. The mouse looked like it was already flattened and dead for a long time. We bought the bag in February 2011 but didn’t see the dead mouse until this morning. The dog already ate 1/3 of the bag. Yuck!
My dilemma is “Should I throw away the whole bag or continue feeding the dog with it?” I hate to throw the whole bag away, as it is a 35 lbs dog food bag from a reputable dog food manufacturer. It will cost us another $49 to purchase a new one; and with a new baby in the house, I do not really have the luxury to go in and out the store conveniently.
As I thought it through, by nature, we immediately think that it is the manufacturer’s fault, but could it also have come from the storage? From the store? My most main concern is how the mouse died. Could it be from Rat poisoning? From suffocation? From eating too much?
FDA Pet Food Recall
Before writing this article, I went to the FDA website and looked for “Pet Food Recall”. The link is here, if you are interested. The website lists all of the Pet Food Recalls since March 2007. The list includes cat, dog, and horse food products, categorized by brand), that have been recalled since March 2007. There is also a link to report a pet food complaint (click here). One thing I found useful and didn’t think of doing before was to save the original packaging of pet food until the pet food has been consumed. So many people transfer their pet food into a secondary container for convenience and easier handling. The original packaging contains useful information, such as lot/batch number, manufacturing/production date, and which manufacturing plant the product was manufactured from.
I still do not know what to do with the remaining dog food at the moment. I may not go as far as to the FDA, but may call the vet and ask if there is something I should be worried about pertaining to this or possibly inform the dog food customer service about the incident.