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Dog Food Recall – Vital Essentials

recall_alertMany of our volunteers and adopters utilize a website called www.dogfoodadvisor.com This website helps us evaluate foods and treats. It also lets us know of past recalls, and if you sign up with them, they will notify you of any recalls for treats and foods. Even better, Dog Food Advisor does not send unnecessary emails to you. You will only get an email to notifying you of recalls for food and treats. It’s an organization we’ve come to rely on and trust. You may want to check them out!

Here is the latest recall alert, as reported by Dog Food Advisor:

Carnivore Meat Company of Green Bay, Wisconsin, has announced it is voluntarily recalling a single lot of its Vital Essentials Frozen Chicken Entrees for Dogs due to contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

To learn which products are affected, please visit the following link:

Vital Essentials Dog Food Recall of January 2016

Please be sure to share the news of this alert with other pet owners.

According to PetMD.com, young and older dogs are most at risk from Salmonella contamination. Dogs with weak immune systems or immature gastrointestinal tracts are also more at risk. Symptoms of Salmonellosis (the infection caused by salmonella contamination) commonly include: Fever, lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting, shock, anorexia, weight loss, dehydration, skin disease, mucus in stool, fast heart rate, swollen lymph notes, abnormal vaginal discharge and miscarriage in pregnant females.

Since pet foods are not regulated as thoroughly as “people food”, it is important that pet parents are diligent about keeping their pets safe! It is recommended that you read labels thoroughly, look a the country of origin of all ingredients, find out who the parent company of your dog food company is (many smaller dog food companies have recently been bought out by large conglomerates who you may, or may not, trust with your pets health.  Of course, you may also opt for homemade food so that you know exactly what your pet is eating. If so, do lots of research and consult your veterinarian.

 

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