ASPCA responds to nationwide pet food recall affecting some pet food brands manufactured by Mars Petcare US.
Pet owners are advised to discontinue use of affected products immediately.
NEW YORK — The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals today (Sept. 13) advised pet owners to discontinue using certain dog and cat foods manufactured by Mars Petcare US, which has voluntarily issued a nationwide recall because of potential contamination with Salmonella serotype Schwarzengrund.
This voluntary recall only affects several brands of dry pet foods in the United States including Pedigree, Special Kitty, Paws & Claws, Natural Dog Food, Red Flannel, Country Acres, Buju & Ziggie, Member’s Mark, Natural Cat Food, Retriever, Bruiser, Doggy Bag, PMI Nutrition, and Pet Pride.
For a complete list of affected brands and more information on the recall, please visit http://www.petcare.mars.com
“The ASPCA recommends that pet owners discontinue the use of all affected products immediately until further information has been received,” said Dr. Steven Hansen, the ASPCA’s Senior Vice President of Animal Health Services. “Pet owners should wash their hands after handling any potentially contaminated pet food and immediately consult with a veterinarian if any signs or symptoms are noticed in their pets.”
This is from the Mars Petcare US Web site:
“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. Animals can be carriers with no visible symptoms and can potentially infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.”
The recall may affect several brands that are widely distributed at pet specialty stores, supermarkets, mass retailers, as well as other retail and wholesale outlets.
In an emergency situation, pet owners may also call the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.
Please check to make sure the brand of pet food you’re feeding your dog or cat is NOT one of those listed above. As it says above, you can find a complete list of recalled brands at http://www.petcare.mars.com. /Gary