After the announcement by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), one of the leading producers of pet food, Procter & Gamble, voluntarily recalled various types of pet foods which the company believes could have been contaminated with Salmonella.
Although, no Salmonella-related illnesses have been reported as the result of the possible contamination, still the company is taking every possible precaution to keep your pet safe.
Salmonella infections are caused by bacteria residing in the intestine which somehow manage to escape the body and contaminate food and water resources.
In dogs, the effects of the infection depend on the severity. Salmonella infections tend to manifest itself in symptoms like lethargy, diarrhoea, weight loss and in some cases dehydration as well.
Similarly, in cats, those infected with Salmonella infection may show symptoms like fatigue, diarrhoea, weight loss, dehydration and in severe cases abnormally fast heart rates and mucus in stool. If your pet has started experiencing any such symptoms, then immediately contact your veterinarian.
The pet food products which are being recalled are limited to products which were made during a ten day period at a single Procter and Gamble location. After routine tests on these products it was found that some of the IAMS and Eukanuba pet food products could be vulnerable to contamination.
Consumers using any of the products listed by the company are encouraged to discard them immediately and contact Procter & Gamble via the websites iams.com or eukanuba.com, or just dial the toll-free number 800-208-0172.