This week in safety: Don't put these chews in Rover's stocking

Consumer Reports News: December 12, 2009 09:10 PM

In a recent survey, the folks at Consumer Reports discovered that while many people were cutting back on holiday gifts, their pets were still likely to find something under the tree. So a recent recall for dog chews -- typical stocking stuffers -- caught our attention. Pet Carousel has recalled its stock of pig ears and beef hooves because the products may be contaminated with salmonella. The chewies are sold under the brand names Choo Hooves, Dentley’s, Doggie Delight and Pet Carousel at PetSmart and other pet stores.

Salmonella can affect both humans and animals. People handling dry pet food and/or pet treats can become infected, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after touching the treats or any surfaces exposed to them. Pets with salmonella infections may become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may only experience a decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected, but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.  If your pet has consumed any of the affected products or is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately. After all, you want Fido to feel frisky for the festivities.

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