A popular dog treat is being recalled because of Salmonella contamination. A batch of Blue Buffalo’s Cub Size Wilderness Wild Chews Bones that was distributed to PetSmart Stores in California, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington was tested positive for Salmonella in routine factory tests. This is the second recall of a Blue Buffalo product in a month, after a popular cat treat was discovered containing a hazardous chemical!
Salmonella is a risk to both animals and people. Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever, abdominal pain, lethargy and diarrhea, according to the FDA’s press release on the recall. Healthy people infected with Salmonella should check themselves for some of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditic, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having direct contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
People who may have handled the product should check themselves for nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.
Infected but otherwise healthy pets can also be carriers and infect other animals or humans. Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only 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 the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
While no one has been reported sick yet because of the contamination, the Blue Buffalo company is exercising an abundance of caution, asking that pet owners check the UPC number (840243110087) printed on a sticker affixed to the product, and the expiration date of November 4, 2017 (printed as “exp 110417”) on the packaging.
If the product is a match, you can dispose of the product or return it to the place of purchase for full refund. Share with your friends!