Doctors Foster and Smith Pet Food

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Dr. Rory Foster, his brother Dr. Race Foster, and veterinary partner Dr. Marty Smith formed Foster and Smith, Inc. in 1983 while operating 4 animal hospitals in Wisconsin.


The company offered mail-order pet supplies and later added pet supplements, vitamins, pet furniture, accessories and much more. In 2002, the company began manufacturing private-label dog and cat foods. Recently the company was acquired by Petco, though the pet food remains under the familiar Doctors Foster and Smith brand name.

Doctors Foster and Smith Quick Facts

Brand line includes: Doctors Foster and Smith Dry Adult Dog Food Chicken & Brown Rice Formula, Doctors Foster and Smith Dry Adult Dog Food Lamb & Brown Rice Formula, Doctors Foster and Smith Cat Food Advanced Hairball Control, Doctors Foster and Smith Adult Dry Lite Cat Food – Chicken & Brown Rice
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Company: Foster and Smith, Inc.
Headquarters: 2253 Air Park Road/P.O. Box 100, Rhinelander, WI 54501
Contact info: 1-800-381-7179

Has Doctors Foster and Smith Pet Food Ever Been Recalled?

Yes. Some products were among the many pet foods recalled in the wake of the 2007 melamine scare. Also, as a side note, the company issued a recall of several supplemental and nutritional products in 2010 (FDA report).

List of Doctors Foster and Smith Recalls

May 2007

Cause: Melamine. Announcement: Company announcement dated May 7, 2007 (archived), FDA report dated May 17, 2007 (archived). What was recalled: Doctors Foster and Smith Lamb & Brown Rice Formula Adult Dog Food, 6 lb., 15 lb., and 30 lb. bags, “Best by” Feb. 9, 2009 and Feb. 26, 2009.

May 2007

Cause: Melamine. Announcement: Company announcement dated May 2, 2007 (archived). What was recalled: Doctors Foster and Smith Country Classic Dinners Chicken Stew canned cat food (#27046), sold between Jan. 1, 2007 and May 2, 2007.

April 2007

Cause: Melamine. Announcement: Menu Foods recalls page dated April 30, 2007 (archived). What was recalled: Chicken Stew with Sweet Potatoes & Carrots canned cat food, 5.5oz, “Best by” Dec. 11, 2008 through March 7, 2009.

April 2007

Cause: Melamine. Announcement: Company announcement dated April 25, 2007 (archived). What was recalled: Only the following:

  • Doctors Foster and Smith Adult Lite Chicken & Brown Rice formula dry dog foods (#14178, 14179, 14180, 14262, 14263), sold between Jan. 22, 2007 and April 19, 2007
  • Doctors Foster and Smith Adult Lite Chicken & Brown Rice formula dry cat foods (#12855, 12856, 13864, 13865), sold between Feb. 2, 2007 and April 19, 2007

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