Several pet food companies have announced a recall of batches of dry pet foods because of a potential Salmonella contamination. New York is one of the states on the list of ones where these bags have been distributed, and Ann from Small World Pet Sitters noticed that one of the bags she had at her home had been recalled, so take a look at yours and see if it’s on the list below, and then:
• Dispose of the product immediately by throwing it in the garbage.
• Wash your hands, pet food bowls, storage containers, dishes and scooping utensils thoroughly with soap and warm water.
• Clean any surfaces that may have been exposed to the product with a mild bleach solution.
Diamond Pet Foods is the manufacturer of several of the brands included in the recall, including: Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge, Professional, 4Health, and Taste of the Wild. Other brands that have been recalled include: Canidae Pet Foods, Natural Balance, and Wellness. Click on those links to find out more about how to tell if your bag has been recalled.
Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain, with symptoms of lethargy and stomach problems worsening if left untreated. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
People handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands with soap and hot water immediately after having contact with surfaces exposed to the product. Healthy people should look out for symptoms, and children, the elderly, and the infirm should be especially careful of possible contact with these products.