The Massachusetts Department of Health recently recalled several dog treat flavors due to Salmonella. At least three people got very sick after handling the treats. More humans and dogs can get ill if families don’t properly dispose of the infected products.
These treats are manufactured and sold in Massachusetts. So, if you recently purchased pet products from a Massachusetts pet store, check to make sure you don’t have any of the recalled treats.
What Products are Recalled?
The chicken chips, beef liver, and sweet potato chips made by “Dog Gone Dog Treats” are being recalled until further notice. Three people reported salmonellosis, an infection caused by Salmonella, after coming into contact with the treats. Two of them were in their 70s, and the other was a child. No dog illnesses have been reported.
Several other bags were tested and also came back positive for Salmonella. The treats are dehydrated but were not fully cooked.
These treats were only sold at local Massachusetts stores. New England Dog Biscuit Company in Salem, Essex County Co-Op in Topsfield, Gimme Chews and Moore in Haverhill, and Animal Krackers in Gloucester all carried these treats. They’ve since been told to remove them from the shelves.
How Can Salmonella Affect You and Your Dog?
Salmonella can affect both people and dogs who touch or eat infected products. It’s most commonly found in uncooked food like poultry, eggs, and unpasteurized milk.
Humans infected with Salmonella may experience cramps, fever, and diarrhea. It will last about a week and won’t require treatment unless you’re over the age of 65, have a weak immune system, or are experiencing severe symptoms. If you’re concerned, you should always contact a medical professional.
Then, dogs infected with Salmonella may experience lethargy, diarrhea with blood, vomiting, or fever. Some dogs can also carry the bacteria without showing any symptoms. Dogs can’t tell us what’s wrong like humans can, so it’s a good idea to take them to the vet if you think they might have Salmonella.
What to Do with the Recalled Treats
If you have any of the recalled treats, stop giving them to your dog and dispose of them right away. You may be able to get a refund if you contact the place of purchase.
Once you dispose of the treats, sanitize any surfaces that the treats could’ve touched, such as counters, containers, and bowls. Always wash your hands after handling dog food and treats. Most dog treats are safe for you and your dog, but it’s always a good idea to be cautious just in case.