Pet treats are being impacted by the FDA’s recall on peanut butter products.
Salmonella contamination has been traced to a plant owned by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), a distributor of peanut butter and peanut paste – a concentrated product consisting of ground, roasted peanuts. “Peanut butter is often used in small amounts as an occasional reward for dogs, commonly used in treats and activity toys” says Dr. Pam Reid, Vice President of the ASPCA Animal Behavior Center.
This week, PetSmart voluntarily recalled seven of its Great Choice Dog Biscuit products that contain peanut paste made by PCA. PetSmart is not aware of any reported cases of illness related to these products, but is removing them as a precautionary measure. The recalled products were sold between Aug. 21, 2008 and Jan. 19, 2009. Customers can return the product to any PetSmart store for a complete refund or exchange.
While healthy adult dogs are fairly resistant to illness from bacteria, pets with health issues, young puppies and elderly or pregnant dogs that may have compromised immune systems, may be at greater risk for becoming ill. Because Salmonella can be passed between pets and people, it’s important for pet parents to wash their hands after handling a potentially sick pet or contaminated treat.
The ASPCA (the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) says dogs who do become ill from Salmonella may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, fever, lethargy, and drooling or panting – an indication of nausea. In severe cases, the bacteria may spread throughout the body resulting in death. Cats may develop high fever with vague non-specific clinical signs. If suspect that your pet may have ingested a contaminated recalled product, contact your local veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435.
For a complete list of affected brands and more information on the recall, please visit FDA’s recall page frequently since recall items can change daily.