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Riverview, FL veterinarians explain cat and dog food recalls due to Salmonella risk

As a pet owner, you want the best for your furry companion. Staying on top of the latest information on cat and dog food recalls can help you make informed decisions about your pet’s health. Our veterinary team in Riverview, FL has compiled a list of pet foods recalled to keep you up-to-date.

Midwestern pet food recall

In March, Midwestern Pet Foods issued a voluntary recall for certain dog and cat foods. The recalled items fell within specific expiration dates. The pet foods were recalled because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The Midwestern Pet Foods recall list includes a number of brands including CanineX, Earthborn Holistic, Meridian, Pro Pac, Sportmix, Unrefined, Venture, and more. The potentially contaminated products were manufactured in the Monmouth, Illinois facility which is identified by an “M” on the date code.

Salmonella risks in dogs and cats

Infected pet food products pose a risk to pets and to humans. Dogs and cats are exposed and put at risk if they consume contaminated products. Humans who handle the products, especially if they do not thoroughly wash their hands, could also become sick.

Salmonella are a group of bacteria that cause a foodborne illness called salmonellosis. The bacteria are born or carried on food and then live in the intestines of humans or animals. They can contaminate a variety of foods, pet foods, and pet treats and lead to abdominal illness.

Symptoms of salmonella poisoning

Animals who consume Salmonella-contaminated products may show the following signs of an infection:

  • Lethargic
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Decreased appetite
  • Abdominal pain
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Not all pets who consume the products will become seriously ill. Some pets have mild symptoms; whereas, others have more severe problems. Pets that are infected but healthy may not show outward signs but may be carriers who can infect other humans or animals. If your dog or cat has consumed one of the recalled products and is showing signs of illness, contact your veterinarian immediately.

If you have questions or concerns about cat and dog food recalls, contact your Riverview, FL veterinary team at Pavilion Crossing Animal Hospital & Grooming. Call (813) 670-8881.

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Dr. Keshava Eega
Pavilion Crossing Animal Hospital

Dr. Keshava Eega moved to the United States in 2003 to further his passion for practicing high-quality and modern veterinary medicine in a challenging environment. Having graduated from the College of Veterinary Science in Hyderabad, India, he then completed his Master’s in Animal Science and the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam in 2006. Dr. Eega then completed his clinical rotations at the Louisiana State University, School of Veterinary Medicine and subsequently obtained his license to practice Veterinary Medicine in the state of Florida. Dr. Eega possesses thirteen years of experience in corporate practice in Orlando as both an Associate Veterinarian and a Lead Doctor. Through the course of his tenure, he has gained vast and widespread experience and exposure in both the practice of high-quality veterinary medicine and soft tissue surgeries. He also possesses professional interests in preventive care, senior pet care, skin cases, nutrition, behavior and wellness exams, particularly for both cats and dogs. Dr. Eega also possesses Fear Free certification which enables him to rid pets, owners and even veterinary health care teams of fear, stress, and anxiety. Hence, in the hands of Dr. Eega, you can be assured that your pet receives modern, customized care in a comfortable environment!