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Recent dog food recalls have been very disturbing. From Salmonella and Listeria to the euthanasia drug, Pentobarbital, our pets have had a rough go of it so far this year. Though we try to keep you informed on Facebook and Twitter, we wanted to compile what we’ve received in recalls lately so you have the information in one place. We are beginning a series of posts related specifically to dog food recalls; the products recalled and how to contact the manufacturers for instructions. Today we will start with Salmonella.
Did you know that there are over 2,000 types of Salmonella bacteria? Good times. This has been the driving force behind multiple dog food recalls in the past several weeks. Typically, puppies, older dogs, those with weakened immune systems and dogs on antibiotics are more susceptible to becoming ill when ingesting foods contaminated with Salmonella.
Symptoms include; but are not limited to:
These symptoms are usual suspects in many dog illnesses; so get to your veterinarian to get your dog checked out if he exhibits these symptoms. Your vet will probably ask about your dog's symptoms, get a urine and stool sample and may take a blood sample as well. Treatment, if caught early, will most likely be outpatient in nature.
Here’s another fun Salmonella fact: It can be transmitted to humans and cause illness. That’s right; sharing is caring with this little trouble-maker. Like our dogs, the young people, older folks and those with weakened immune systems are at highest risk of becoming ill after having come into contact with tainted food. The best precaution you can take is to wash your hands after preparing the dog’s meal, before and after you prepare your meal, after using the restroom…really, just wash them frequently and you’ll reduce your risk all around. Here’s what to look for in humans:
Typically, symptoms subside in a few days on their own. If not, seek medical attention as Salmonella can become more severe, infecting joints and body tissues causing even greater problems.
Now that we know a little more about our friend, Salmonella, we present you with the most recent recalls. These are all reported as voluntary recalls. Most companies involved are very transparent and have even severed ties with the supplier from whom the contaminated product was purchased.
Redbarn recently expanded their recall of the 7” Bully Stick to include many products from Redbarn, Chewy Louie, Good Lovin’ and Dentley’s brands. Packaging will show Best by dates ending in BC. See photo and product listing below.
Raws for Paws: Ground Turkey Pet Food, 1lb and 5lb sealed plastic tubes
Smokehouse Pet Products: Beefy Munchies, 4oz. bags
TruPet: Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight, 2.5oz Dog Treats
Darwin’s Natural and ZooLogics Pet Foods recall from late 2017:
Natural Selections Chicken with Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs, 2lb. packages
Natural Selections Duck with Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs, 2lb. packages
Natural Selections Turkey with Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs, 2lb. packages
We share this information not to disparage any of these companies; but to simply keep you informed and keep you and your beloved dogs safe. Please visit these companies’ websites, talk to them or email them directly for further assurances that they have made the changes necessary to their supply chains to ensure the highest safety standards are being met and so that you may feel comfortable feeding your dog the very best.
Until next time…wash your hands!