Central Veterinary Associates has announced that Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, Colorado is voluntarily recalling its Boots & Barkley 6 Count 5-Inch American Beef Bully Sticks because the product contains the salmonella bacteria.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the American Beef Bully Sticks were sold at Target retail stores nationwide between April and September. The recall was the result of a routine sampling by Colorado’s Department of Agriculture, which discovered that the product tested positive for salmonella. Kasel Associated Industries has since stopped manufacturing and distribution of the product.
The product comes in a clear plastic bag containing six (6) five-inch bully sticks marked with the bar code number 647263899189. The company is also recalling all lot numbers with the following lot codes:
Although no illnesses have been reported in animals or humans, Central Veterinary Associates urges pet owners to look after their pets for any of the following symptoms of salmonella: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. In rare occurrences, salmonella can result in arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms.
Pets with salmonella may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Pets that are infected but otherwise healthy can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. Pet owners who have bought the product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
“If your pet has already shown symptoms as the result of ingesting this product, you should bring him or her to a veterinarian immediately,” said Dr. Steven Fox, DVM, President and Chief Executive Officer, Central Veterinary Associates. “Many pet owners feed their animals bully sticks or other such treats as a meal replacement, which is not recommended. Our Valley Stream hospital is open around the clock in the event your pet becomes sick and needs to be treated as soon as possible.”
Central Veterinary Associates’ state-of-the-art hospital in Valley Stream is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. For more information or to make an appointment, call 1 (888) 4CVA-PET (428-2738) or visit www.centralvets.com.