Today, premium pet food Solid Gold joined the list of recalled pet food, bringing the number of brands to thirteen. Diamond Pet Food Company has been issuing recalls during the past several weeks, adding new brands to the list almost daily. The pet foods have been found to be contaminated with salmonella.
Some of the brands and lot numbers have made it into Ohio. Fox 8 news in Cleveland this morning reported that there have been at least two local cases of pet owners contracting Salmonellosis linked to pet food. The recall covers a selection of brands rendered in Diamond’s Gaston, South Carolina facility.
You can find a list of the foods affected on the PoisonedPets.com website.
Always be careful to wash your hands after handling pet food or coming into contact with surfaces exposed to the product. According to the Centers for Disease Control, people most likely to be affected by Salmonella include infants, children younger than 5 years old, organ transplant patients, people receiving treatment for cancer and people with compromised immune systems. The two cases in Ohio were an elderly person and an infant.
Know the symptoms.
According to Poisoned Pets: “Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.”
Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, vomiting, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. In most cases, the illness lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. Care must be taken not to dehydrate. In severe cases, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites, and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.
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