November 7, 2009

Oregon animal lawyer: Pet Carousel brand dog treats may be contaminated with Salmonella

The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) warns that certain dog chews may be contaminated with Salmonella and pose health risks to both dogs and people. Consumers should not use Pig Ears and Beef Hooves pet treats manufactured by Pet Carousel. The affected pig ear products were packaged under the brand names Doggie Delight and Pet Carousel. The affected beef hooves were packaged under the brand names Choo Hooves, Dentley’s, Doggie Delight, and Pet Carousel. All sizes and all lots of these products made by Pet Carousel are included in this alert. The products were distributed nationwide in both bulk and retail packaging for sale in pet food and retail chain stores. Although no illnesses associated with these products have been reported yet, the FDA is advising consumers to avoid handling or feeding them.

According to the FDA, routine testing of the suspect pig ears detected a positive reading for Salmonella. This prompted an FDA inspection of Pet Carousel’s manufacturing facilities. During the inspection, the agency collected additional pet treat samples. Further analysis found Salmonella present in beef hooves, pig ears and in the manufacturing environment.

Salmonella can affect both humans and animals. People handling dry pet food and/or pet treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the treats or any surfaces exposed to these products. Consumers should dispose of these products in a safe manner by securing them in a covered trash receptacle.

Salmonella symptoms in humans
Healthy people infected with Salmonella may experience some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Although rare, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart), arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their health care provider immediately.

Salmonella symptoms in dogs
Dogs with Salmonella infections may become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some may experience only a decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. Infected dogs can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your dog has consumed any of the affected products or is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.

If you or a loved dog have symptoms of Salmonella infection, Portland Oregon animal law attorney Dane E. Johnson can assess whether you may have a legal claim. Contact us toll free at (800) 714-3204 or in Oregon at (503) 975-8298. You may also contact us with information about your potential case online.

Related Web Resources
Press Release, FDA, Health Alert for Certain Pet Treats Made by Pet Carousel (Nov. 5, 2009).

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