Australian animal health pharmaceutical company Virbac has voluntarily pulled its VeggieDent Chews off the shelves after they were possibly linked to several cases of mysterious illnesses in dogs.
A Virbac spokesperson said that the products in question were pulled as a precautionary measure and no causal link has been established for the VeggieDent product line, which is only commercially available through veterinarians.
This is the third petfood contamination case in Australia in
the past six months. In light of the situation, critics of
Australia's regulatory system overseeing petfood safety are
calling for stronger measures to ensure the safety of
Australia's dogs and cats.
New shelter data casts doubt on whether the pet population and pet ownership are truly growing.
While the pandemic caused unprecedented suffering worldwide in 2020, the disruptions to dogs, cats and other pets adoption numbers may normalize in 2021.