Aflatoxins and Pet Food
|Aflatoxins are toxins produced by certain strains of mold on grains such as peanuts, soybeans and corn, as well as other cereals. Aflatoxin production may occur during pet food storage when high temperatures and moisture allow for mold growth.
Recently and in the past few weeks, there have been 3 pet food recalls by the companies Proctor and Gamble, Cargill, and most recently Advanced Animal Nutrition.
The latter recall involves the Dog Power Advanced maintenance formula, the Hunters Formula, and the Dog Power High Pro Performance Formula.
Symptoms of aflatoxin exposure include lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting and/or diarrhea. With progressive liver failure, yellowing of the eyes and/or urine may occur as well. While there have been no reported clinical cases of pets affected at this point, any pets who have consumed these foods and exhibit any of these symptoms should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.