Merrick Pet Care of Amarillo, TX has announced a recall of a single lot of its Doggie Wishbone pet treats due to the possibility of contamination with Salmonella bacteria.
Complete details regarding this recall are available within the actual FDA News Release dated August 8, 2011.
Dog treat recalls involving Salmonella contamination are potentially serious matters… for both humans and pets. People who handle dry food can easily become infected with the bacteria.
According to the FDA…
Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
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. 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.
So, take precautions… and be sure to tell everyone you know.
Consumers who have purchased the Doggie Wishbone treats with the lot code 11031 are encouraged to return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.
You may wish to contact the company at 800-664-7387 (Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm CST) for more information.
You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.
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