Because there have been so many tainted pet foods ands products Dr. Carol is offering a brief summary of available sources that pet owners might find handy when in need.
All products or devices – report the problem to the manufacturer, the contact information for which is likely on the label or another packaging of the product or device. Manufacturers are required to report adverse events to the oversight agency.
Animal foods and FDA -approved products, such as animal medications and devices –report the adverse event to the FDA online or by calling 1-888-FDA-VETS (1-888-332-8387).
USDA-approved products, such as animal vaccines – report the adverse event to the USDA APHIS Center for Veterinary Biologics online or by calling 800-752-6255.
EPA-approved products, such as certain flea and tick products and other pesticides – report the adverse event to the National Pesticide Information Center online or by calling 800-858-7378.
Consult with your veterinarian about the possible adverse events associated with the product or device being used and contact your veterinarian or local veterinary emergency clinic immediately if you observe any signs of an adverse event.
Your veterinarian may report the adverse event to the appropriate agency and provide the necessary information. If your veterinarian reports the adverse event, you do not need to file a report. If your veterinarian has not reported the adverse event, or if your veterinarian was not involved in the treatment, you may need to report the adverse event.
Different government agencies oversee different products, so the reporting process will vary. The product label or another packaging should indicate the regulatory authority, and your veterinarian can help with this as well.
Regardless of the government agency involved, the manufacturer should be notified of the adverse event. Reporting adverse events allows the government, manufacturers, and veterinarians to investigate and determine if the involved product’s labeling or use should be changed.
Dr. Carol Osborne is an author and world-renowned integrative veterinarian of twenty plus years. After graduating from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Carol completed a prestigious internship at the Columbus Zoo. Shortly afterward, she launched a very successful private practice and became founder and director of the non-profit organization, the American Pet Institute.
Dr. Carol offers traditional veterinary care for dogs and cats with a softer, natural touch. Her approach highlights the importance of nutrition and utilizing holistic avenues in combination with traditional treatments. Currently, she offers holistic therapies and traditional veterinary medical care for dogs and cats at the Chagrin Falls Pet Clinic in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.