In the midst of what seems to be a never-ending string of dog food and treat recalls over the last couple of weeks, comes a recall from Colorado dog food manufacturer The Natural Dog Company, Inc. They are recalling some of their dog treats after testing revealed salmonella in a sample of the treats, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
The company is recalling 12-ounce bags of 12-inch Tremenda Sticks pet chews that come in bags with the UPC number 851265004957. They have no lot number or expiration date. Products with the same UPC number but include a lot number and expiration date, are not part of the recall.
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The Colorado Department of Agriculture tested a sample taken from one of the recalled chew stick packages and found salmonella to be present. The Natural Dog Company, Inc. has suspended production of the dog treats while they work with the FDA to investigate the source of the contamination. If you purchased these treats, they can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. If you choose not to return it, it is recommended that you dispose of it safely in a tightly-sealed garbage receptacle.
The treats were distributed in retail stores in California, Colorado, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Florida, Montana, Utah, North Carolina, and Washington. The treats pose a potential risk to the animals that eat them and anyone that handles the products or touches a surface that was exposed to them as well.
No illnesses have been reported from the recalled products yet. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, salmonella is a type of bacteria that can cause fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping 12-72 hours after infection. Although most people recover without needing treatment, some require hospitalization. If you or your pet are showing signs of the disease, it is best to contact your health care provider immediately.
Symptoms in canines include diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, vomiting, loss of appetite, and an abnormally fast heart rate. Some pets may have more mild symptoms including decreased appetite, abdominal pain, and a fever. Pets can be infected without showing symptoms, but they are still carriers of the disease and can spread it to other animals or humans. It is recommended that you contact your veterinarian if your pet consumed the recalled treats regardless of whether or not they show symptoms.