Pet owners should monitor available resources for notices of pet food recalls and subsequent updates, MU veterinary toxicologist Tim Evans advised in a news release Friday.
Recent reports indicate that more than 107 million cans of dog food have been recalled because they contained trace amounts of pentobarbital, a drug commonly used to put down animals.
The recalled dog food included brands such as Gravy Train and Kibbles 'n Bits which are manufactured by the J.M. Smucker Company, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Evans said the FDA and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation provide resources for consumers to stay informed. Pet owners can sign up for notifications and alerts on the FDA and AVMA websites.
"These resources will include information about manufacturer lot numbers and UPC item codes that will help owners pinpoint the food they might have purchased and whether they should monitor their pets' behaviors and health," Evans said in the release. "Of course, if you see any changes in your pets' health, contact your veterinarian immediately."