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Midwest Laboratories does pet food testing for pet owners

by Therese on April 25, 2007

in Pet Food Recall, Pet Health, Pets

** For a list of pet foods NOT on the recall list go to The Pet Food List **

I’ve recently been in touch with an independent lab, Midwest Laboratories, that is now offering pet food testing. Pet owners are able to send their pet food directly to the lab – they do not need to go through a vet or the FDA. They have six different testing packages available, including tests for melamine and aflatoxins.

Melamine Analysis: The melamine analysis is run using a GC-NPD and offers a detection limit of 10 ppm. The analysis requires approximately 3 working days to complete. This analysis can be run in addition to any of the above packages.

Aflatoxin Analysis: The aflatoxin analysis is run using a LC/MS. The aflatoxin screen includes designations for aflatoxin B1, B2, G1, G2 and a summation. Normal turn-around time is 3-5 working days. This analysis can be run in addition to any of the above listed packages.

See the Midwest Laboratories website for more info. (link updated June 3, 2009)

I’ve been assured that this company does NOT do any testing whatsoever on any animals.

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Matt Byrne May 2, 2007 at 9:16 am

Yesterday, our American Eskimo Dog (4 Years old) was diagnosed with kidney failure. She has been eating Iams dry dog food. Do you know of any cases of Melamine or kidney failure in dogs eating dry dog food only?


David Aldinger May 6, 2007 at 2:02 pm

We have two toy poodle puppies, brothers, 7 months old, which we have been feeding Iams dry puppy food. They have had GI problems since we got them. Seen the vet, dx parasites, coccidio; treated twice. Off dry dog food couple times for couple weeks. Last week seemed bowels were ok so I started back on Iams again, and now I am seeing blood-tinged mucous in stools and dark brown-black, blood positive stools again. It seems to be there may be a connection with the Iams dry dog food. They go back to vet on 5/8/07, will see what they say, but I am going to send a sample of dog food to this MidWest Lab for testing. I haven’t really found any reports on Internet about dry dog food, but no surprise, if it is contaminated too. Thanks!


Therese May 6, 2007 at 2:20 pm

David, I wish you the best for both of your little guys…I hope they’ll be OK. Please come back and let us know how they’re doing and what the tests say about the food.


Melissa October 19, 2007 at 10:20 am

I recently purchased a 2 month old black lab puppy and started her immediately on Iams Dry Smart Puppy Large Breed dog food. I have had my puppy to the vet 3 times in the past two months for check-ups but now the puppy has ascites in her abdomen and tests are now being run to determine if this is renal failure, kidney failure, or ?? Since there was no recall on Iams dry dog food I thought I could trust it, but now I am second guessing my decision. I feel terrible that the dog has a distended stomach, is becoming lethargic, and has obvious discomfort and pain. I am angry that Iams (or my Vet) didn’t mention that there are possible problems with the dry food as well. What else would cause a 4 month old puppy to have a life threatening illness unless she was poisoned in her dog food. What can I do?


paul June 3, 2009 at 4:15 pm

My Standard Poodle of seven years ago passed away yesterday. Monday night she was trying to throw up all night and in the morning she just died. It’s completely shocking! I have been feeding her Iams dry dog food. Within one day, and now she is gone. She has always been such a healthy dog. I have clicked on the link to send the remaining food to get it tested but the page isn’t loading. Could anyone help?


Therese June 3, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Hi Paul,
I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. Here’s the link to the pet food testing on Midwest Labs website: https://www.midwestlabs.com/content/view/77/196/


Carol June 3, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Therese, I think Midwest labs tests for petowners but may not allow release of results of tests…I believe this is a new change…


Carol June 3, 2009 at 4:47 pm

What I meant to say…the lab will not allow results to be posted in a public forum for example…if that matters to Paul…also pfpsa.org is a good site for petowner testing info..my sincere sympathy to you Paul…it is so hard to lose a 4 legged loved one…


Therese June 3, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Thanks, Carol. I didn’t realize that. I emailed him privately though and gave him both MW and PFPSA.

It definitely is hard to lose a four-legged family member. My heart goes out to you, Paul.


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