Pet parents need to be quite vigilant these days in keeping up with pet food recalls and discerning what the healthiest pet food choices might be in the midst of the sheer variety offered on the market. Whether it be raw, dry, wet or home cooked, keep a close eye out for salmonella alerts and how they might impact you and your pet.
Those on the pet food recall list this past week for salmonella included:
Bravo! Raw Food Diet Pet Food
According to the Food Poisoning Bulletin, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) told consumers to avoid feeding or handling Bravo! Raw Food Diet Chicken Blend for Dogs and Cats because it may be contaminated with salmonella bacteria. This is a frozen pet food product. There were no reports of human or animal illnesses associated with the consumption or handling of this product at the time the alert was published.
The recalled product is for the two pound size of Bravo! Chicken Blend with “best if used by date of 6/12/14” only. The production code is 06/14/12 which is located on the white tag on the end of the package, and the product code is 21-102. No other products, sizes or production dates are involved.
Consumers were asked to discard any of these products and contact the company with questions.
Jones Natural Chews - Woofers
According to the company announcement on March 6, the recall was the result of a routine sampling program by the Colorado Department of Agriculture Feed Program which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria.
The Jones Natural Chews Woofers were distributed in Arizona, California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. They were shipped to distributors and retailers between November 1, 2012 and November 12, 2012 where they were available for purchase. Read more here.
Symptoms of salmonella poisoning in pets
Pets with salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. The pet may appear lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea. They may also vomit.
Please note that infected but healthy pets can infect other animals or people if they are left untreated. Therefore, if your pet was fed a product on the recall list and is showing symptoms noted above, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Read more about salmonella on the United States Department of Agriculture website.
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