Dog Treats Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

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Merrick Pet Care Inc. of Amarillo, Texas, is recalling 248 cases of its Doggie Wishbone pet treats because the treats have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.  Thankfully there is only one lot of the treats that are at risk for being affected, consisting of 248 cases.  The recalled product is the Doggie Wishbone pet treat, Item# 29050, UPC# 2280829050, Lot 11031, with a Best By date of 30 Jan 2013.

The product was shipped to different distributors in 10 states including California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington, which then shipped the products to retailers and other distributors throughout the U.S.

The salmonella was discovered during a routine sampling according to Merrick Pet Care Inc, and at this point the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not received any reports of dogs being affected or of any consumer complaints.  If you have purchased any Doggie Wishbone pet treats in this lot, please return the unused portion to the place you purchased it for a full refund.  Consumers with questions should call Merrick from 8am to 5pm Central time, Monday through Friday, at 800-664-7387.

Salmonella poisoning has the following effects on dogs if ingested:

  • can become lethargic
  • can have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
  • fever
  • vomiting
  • decreased appetite
  • abdominal pain

If your dog has eaten any of this product or you notice any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately, as even a dog without symptoms can infect humans and other animals.  The signs of salmonella poisoning in humans is similar to that in dogs, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever.

Treatment of salmonella poisoning in dogs is typically out-patient, depending on the severity of the infection.  Usual courses of treatment include rehydration, antimicrobials, and a form of adrenal or steroid hormone called Glucocorticoids which prevents shock in dogs that have developed severe salmonellosis.

If you have any questions or concerns about salmonella, contact your veterinarian.