Dog Treats Recalled due to presence of Salmonella

This is for those of you who do cross-border shopping to the U.S., which is relatively easy from Burlington.  The Boots & Barkley “Beef Bully Sticks” sold at Target stores between April and September were recalled after positive tests for salmonella.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is urging pet-owners to look for signs of salmonella in animals that ate the sticks, because the infection can be risky to both pets and humans.

Salmonella bacteria can sicken animals that eat these products and humans are at risk for salmonella poisoning from touching contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after handling.

People who may have been infected with salmonella could experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. In rare cases, the bacteria can lead to severe symptoms like arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain and urinary tract symptoms.

Pets with salmonella may appear lethargic and have diarrhea (sometimes bloody), fever and vomiting. Other pets will show a decreased appetite, fever and abdnominal pain. What’s more, infected pets who appear otherwise healthy can carry salmonella and spread it to other animals or humans.

“If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has any of these signs, please contact your veterinarian,” the FDA said.

For the full story, go to CBS News