The Procter & Gamble Co. has voluntarily recalled some lots of its Iams and Eukanuba dry cat and dog foods because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The company announced the recall Wednesday on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website. The possibly contaminated lots were distributed in the United States. No Salmonella-related illnesses have been reported in association with the pet foods, Procter & Gamble said in a news release. Salmonella is a bacteria can cause an infection, salmonellosis, that can infect both people and pets. Pets can be infected from eating the food, while humans who handle the food may contract the bacteria.
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. Pet owners should contact their veterinarian if their pet has consumed the recalled food and has these symptoms. For people, the infection causes diarrhea, fever and/or abdominal cramps that typically go away in about a week. Some people may be at higher risk for more severe illness, including the elderly, young infants and people with weakened immune systems. A list of the specific dry pet food lots being recalled can be found at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm365154.htm.