Midwestern Pet Foods has issued a voluntary recall of certain types of dog and cat foods that were produced at its production facility in Monmouth, IL. The pet food has been recalled because of potential contamination with Salmonella, a type of toxic bacteria. At San Marco Animal Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, we are here to answer any questions you may have about the pet food recall and how Salmonella may affect your pet.
The Midwestern Pet Foods recall list includes the following brands:
Detailed information on which specific products were recalled, along with their lot numbers and bag sizes, is available in the recall notice here.
Yes, unfortunately, our furry friends are susceptible to becoming ill after exposure to Salmonella. Symptoms of pets with Salmonellainfection include decreased appetite, abdominal pain, fever, lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting, and bloody stool. Some healthy pets may not show any symptoms but can be carriers and infect other animals or humans after exposure to Salmonella. While no pet or human illnesses had been reported due to the recalled pet food as of late March 2021, you should speak with Dr. Gutta if your pet consumed the recalled pet food.
Yes, there is some risk to humans if they have handled contaminated pet foods. The risk is higher if a person has not thoroughly washed their hands and surfaces that came into contact with the product. Symptoms of Salmonella in humans include:
In more serious cases, Salmonellacan also cause other issues such as endocarditis, muscle pain, urinary tract symptoms, eye irritation, and arterial infections. If you have these or other symptoms, please get in touch with your healthcare provider.
At San Marco Animal Hospital, we care deeply about all of the pets we treat and their families. If you have any questions about the pet food recall or other pet health issues, call us in Jacksonville, FL at 904-516-9767 or text us at 904-516-9767.