Buddy & Porky Pet Health: Threat of Salmonella Continues

Dear Readers,

Sorry to be repetitious, but last week, when  we warned you about possible Salmonella contamination in certain varieties  of dog foods manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods at its South Carolina plant, it turns out that may have been only the tip of the iceberg.

A number of other makers of dog food have used the same plant at around the same time and those brands are being recalled too.

They include: Solid Gold Wolf King and  Solid Gold Wolf Cub, sold by Gold Health Products for Pets, Inc.; Complete Health Super5 Mix, sold by WellPet LLC; Canidae Dog Food, sold by Canidae Pet Foods;  Natural Balance Dog Food , sold by Natural Balance Pet Foods; Apex   Dog Food, sold by Apex Pet Foods; and, finally, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge, Professional, 4Health, and Taste of the Wild dog foods, all of them sold by Diamond Pet Foods.

You can see the whole list and read details at the FDA website at http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/RecallsWithdrawals/default.htm

Some of these brands of dog food have been linked to human Salmonella infections.

No cases of dog illness have been reported yet. The FDA will provide updates on the investigation as new information becomes available.

All of these recalls have been voluntary and all of the manufacturers are working with the FDA to get products off store shelves and prevent further infection, but you as pet owners need to take precautions too. Because some of these products were distributed in New York, consumers should check their homes for recalled dog food products. Do not feed recalled products to your pet and do not handle the pet food.

Pet owners, who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like a replacement product or a refund, can find the contact information for the particular manufacturer at the FDA website.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain.

Well animals 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 right away.

People who think they might have become ill after contact with dry pet food or with an animal that has eaten recalled dry pet food should immediately consult their health care provider. Infants, older adults and those with impaired immune systems are more likely than others to develop severe illness.

Both veterinarians and consumers should report cases of animal illness associated with pet foods to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their state, or electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal located at www.safetyreporting.gov/

This is serious business for both our pets’ health and our own health.

Once again, we fervently hope that none of our readers have been exposed to this awful disease, but if you use these products, please take precautions.

On a happier note – Have you entered your pet in the People & Pets Are Good for Each Other 2013 Calendar Contest?

Your pet might turn out to be a star! Check the details about how to enter at www.oswegohumane.org, right on the home page.

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego, NY. Phone (315) 207-1070.
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