Loving Pets, a Cranbury, NJ company, has issued a recall for three brands of dog treats, Barksters, Puffsters, and Whole Hearted, due to the possibility that they may have been contaminated with Salmonella. The recall was initiated after Loving Pets conducted a quality assurance test and discovered the possible contamination, which was linked to one ingredient acquired from a U.S. based supplier. To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection to these products, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Salmonella is a common bacterial infection. While it does not typically cause disease in healthy dogs, it does make them sick. Dogs that fall ill to Salmonella typically exhibit symptoms that include fever, lethargy, decreased appetite, abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea that may have mucus or blood in it.
People can also become infected by handling contaminated pet foods or coming in contact with surfaces that have been exposed to contaminated products. People who are infected exhibit symptoms including fever, nausea, abdominal cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea that may contain blood. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can lead to more serious health problems in people including eye irritation, arthritis, endocarditis, arterial infections, muscle pain, and urinary tract problems.
Products affected by this recall include:
Consumers who have purchased these items should discontinue use immediately and return the item to the original place of purchase. Those who have additional questions may visit the company’s website at www.LovingPetsProducts.com or contact Cathy Vesey, who can be reached by calling 866-599-7387.
By Trixie Dillwood
Photo Courtesy Loving Pets