Salmonella Scare Prompts Pet Food Recall
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CHICAGO – BluePearl Veterinary Partners recommends for pet owners to keep a
close eye on their dogs after a major pet food manufacturer announced a recall
of one of their brands due to potential salmonella contamination.
According to a press release issued by Breeder’s Choice Pet Foods, the company
is recalling only its AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula
with the “Best Before” dates of 28 Aug 2013, 29 Aug 2013, 30 Aug 2013.
The recalled product was distributed to retailers and distribution centers in
California, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, Virginia and Washington.
People who have the potentially contaminated product should discard it
immediately and stop handling it as it poses a risk to humans and other animals
In addition to direct transmission to dogs, salmonella is zoonotic disease,
which means it can be passed from animals to humans. Common symptoms of
salmonella in dogs include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea,
lethargy, fever and abdominal discomfort.
“If your pet is experiencing vomiting, diarrhea or otherwise not acting right,
contact your primary care veterinarian as soon as possible,” said Dr. Neil Shaw,
chief medical officer of BluePearl Veterinary Partners, a group of specialty and
emergency veterinary hospitals. “If it is an after-hours emergency, we would be
glad to help at one of our locations.”
The product information is:
Product Code/SKU/ Material # UPC Code Size Product Name/Description Best Before
1000065074 0 5290702043 8 26 lb. AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult
Dog Formula 28 Aug 2013
29 Aug 2013
30 Aug 2013
About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
Formed in 2008, BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs more than 1,000 people
including approximately 250 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals are referral-only
and don’t provide primary care. Most BluePearl hospitals offer 24-hour emergency
care services. BluePearl is one of the world’s principal providers of approved
veterinary residency and internship educational programs. BluePearl also
participates in and conducts clinical trials to study the effectiveness of new
drugs and treatments, which give clients access to cutting-edge medicine not yet
commercially available and improves the quality of care delivered to our
PROBLEM: There are as many germs on paws that will make you ill as there are on hands.
In fact, researchers estimate that the nation’s 78.5 million dogs living in our 46.5 million U.S. households are often carriers of harmful germs including, but not limited to; E. coli, Salmonella and MRSAMethicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Owing to the growing trend to“humanize” our pets, nearly half of all dogs can be found sleeping with their pet parents. They lay on the family’s furniture and lick the faces of children and friends. As they share their affection with us they innocently pass the harmful human germs they pick up on paws and coat and give them back to us on contact. So ask yourself this; I washed my hands, but did I wash my dog’s paws, coat and face too?
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Important factors to consider for the protection of all family members
NEW YORK—In response to the recent spike in pet food recalls, the ASPCA®’s (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) Animal Poison Control Center has some suggestions on how to best keep two-legged and four-legged family members safe:
• Do your research. Salmonella is the contaminant that appears to be the cause of concern during this most recent round of pet food recalls. The most important thing for pet owners to do if they suspect their dog’s food has been contaminated is to stop feeding their pet the recalled food immediately. If the pet shows signs of illness after eating a recalled pet food, a trip to the vet should be first on the list of to-dos, and then the food manufacturer should be notified. Pet owners can identify the recalled foods by visiting the FDA’s website at www.fda.gov.
• Know the signs. While healthy adult dogs are relatively resistant to illness from Salmonella bacteria, pets with health issues (such as young puppies, elderly and pregnant dogs that could have compromised immune systems) may be at greater risk for becoming ill. Dogs who are affected by Salmonella may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, fever, lethargy, and drooling or panting—an indication of nausea. In severe cases, the bacterium may spread throughout the body resulting in death.
• Clean is key. Salmonella isn’t only dangerous to the pet eating the food, but could also affect the pet parent serving the food. Salmonella can be spread through direct contact with the affected product and animal feces, so exposure should be avoided. The best way to protect family members, including other animals in the home, is to thoroughly wash your hands (or paws) after any dealings with the product or feces. In addition, all bowls, utensils and surfaces that may have come in contact with contaminated food should be washed using hot soapy water and rinsed thoroughly or sanitized in the dishwasher.
For more information about the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center and potential pet toxins, visit www.aspca.org/apcc.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/aspca.