Here’s how to recognize the signs and symptoms
It seems like recently, there’s been an escalated fear among pet parents due to a growing number of pet food recalls. And while there haven’t been a significant number of pet deaths caused by these, if left untreated, some of the diseases caused by these recalls can in fact be fatal.
So how can you identify the warning signs? Here are the three most common issues we’ve been seeing lately and how to recognize when it’s time to see your vet.
While Vitamin D is important to incorporate into our pup’s diet, dogs who eat too much of the vitamin can actually experience a number of negative health effects like loss of appetite, severe thirst, weight loss, and vomiting. Food can turn toxic quickly if there isn’t a proper balance, so if your pup is showing any of the above symptoms, you may want to consider taking a deeper look into what you’re feeding him.
Salmonella contamination is becoming a more prevalent problem for dogs, with many owners choosing to turn to a raw diet. But dry food can also be impacted through cross contamination. So far in 2019, there have been 10 reported cases of salmonella in popular pet food brands, and that number is climbing. Similar to humans, the most common symptoms of salmonella poisoning include vomiting, fever, diarrhea, and lethargy. It’s also important to note that salmonella can spread from our dogs to the rest of your family either through direct or indirect contact – so catching it quickly is extremely important to ensure it doesn’t spread.
Listeria is a form of food poisoning that is most commonly spread through soil, dust, water and animal feces. Because listeria grows in cold temperatures, it’s most commonly found in foods that are refrigerated (like canned food) or foods that are never treated with heat (like raw meat). If left untreated, the infection can be fatal to both dogs and humans, particularly for those with weakened immune symptoms. Similar to salmonella, listeria typically causes our dogs to have a decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain – so see your vet immediately if any of these symptoms occur.
If your dog’s food ever gets recalled, make sure to give the store you bought it from a visit. Most retailers will allow you to return it for a full refund. Or, if you’d prefer to ensure other pet owners don’t face a similar problem – dispose of it and head to the pet store to purchase a different food.
There are also a number of additional steps you can take to keep your pup safe during feeding time such as keeping dry food in an airtight container (to not only keep it fresh but to keep the pests from getting to it), using a stainless steel bowl that prevents mold growth and consistently cleaning the food and water bowl with non-toxic soap and warm water.
Posted on August 25, 2019