Attention, all pet owners: If you purchase dog food on Amazon, you may want to check the label, as yet another dog food recall is making the rounds on the internet. The canine cuisine in question? Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Nibblets Entrée for Dogs, which is being recalled due to a potential salmonella contamination. Yikes!
Before you get too worked up, you should know that the recall is relatively small compared to the other scares we seen this week. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Carnivore Meat Company is recalling a limited amount — 73 cases — of Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Nibblets Entrée for Dogs with lot number 13753.
So far, this is the only product involved in the voluntary recall, and thankfully, there haven't been any reports of illness yet. Even so, the FDA is urging consumers who have purchased Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Nibblets Entrée for Dogs in a one-pound bag to return the product for a refund.
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Salmonella is no joke — and Fido isn't the only one whose health may be at stake. If your animal eats a contaminated product, you're also at risk — especially if you haven't washed your hands or have had direct contact with the product or any surfaces that the product has touched. See a healthcare provider immediately if you begin experiencing any or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, or fever.
In rare cases, salmonella can result in a more serious ailment, including endocarditis, arterial infections, arthritis, eye irritation, muscle pain, and urinary tract symptoms.
Dogs with salmonella poisoning may seem lethargic or have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and fever, according to the FDA. Some pets, however, may only exhibit decreased appetite, fever, or abdominal pain. It's important to note that infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers of salmonella and can infect other animals or humans. If your pup has consumed the recalled product and is exhibiting one or more of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian right away.
Don't be afraid to spread the word. After all, what's more important than our pets' — and our own — health and safety?