“These animals can suffer from vomiting, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea and fever. Even if a pet suffers lesser symptoms — fever, decreased appetite — the animal can be a salmonella carrier to other pets or to humans,” a top vet warns.
Following widespread dog and cat food recalls, this particular announcement is especially disconcerting as it affects many individual states. Pet food giant Raw Basics said on Tuesday that it’s calling 108 cases of their Tucker’s Pork-Bison as it has been contaminated with salmonella.
Here’s the scoop per Miami Herald:
The pet food industry didn’t confined its contaminations to February.
Raw Basics recalled one lot of Tucker’s Pork-Bison Boxes after salmonella was found in it, the eighth salmonella dog food recall in 26 days.
Nebraska’s Department of Agriculture found the salmonella in Tucker’s, as it did the Steve’s Real Food Raw Frozen Dog Food Turkey Canine Recipe that was recalled Friday for salmonella. When reached Tuesday evening, Steve’s said there’s no connection — it manufactures its own food, in Oregon, and doesn’t supply other companies.
The recalled Tucker’s lot is No. 27717 with a best by date of April 17, 2019. There are 108 5-pound boxes in the lot, which were sold out of retail pet specialty stores.
Not only can pets get salmonella from contaminated food and suffer from lethargy, bloody diarrhea, vomiting and fever, but humans can get it from handling the food or surfaces that have touched the food. That happened with Raws for Paws ground turkey in February.
People with salmonella can suffer the aforementioned symptoms and, occasionally, worse: urinary tract infections, arterial infections, endocarditis.
Those who bought the Tucker’s 5-pound Pork-Bison Boxes can toss them or return them to the store for a full refund. Anyone with questions can call the company at 800-219-3650.
Please keep an extra careful watch on your dog if Tucker’s Pork-Bison is your brand. Like the veterinarian said, vomiting and diarrhea are no laughing matter. If your dog shows any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact your local dog doc right away.
Antibiotics and intravenous fluids can make the difference between a live dog and a dead dog!
Why are so many dog food brands being contaminated?
THIS IS CRAZY!