Central Veterinary Associates is calling to attention the recent recall of Dingo Chip Twists Chicken in the Middle for dogs due to possible contamination with Amantadine, an antiviral drug not approved for use in animal food. Produced locally by United Pet Group, Inc. of Cincinnati, Ohio, the Chinese products were recalled after a notification from the Untied States Federal Drug Administration.
The department’s routine surveillance of a sample of a 3.9-ounce bag of Dingo Chip Twists Chicken in the Middle found a positive result for Amantadine, a drug used to treat pain in animals and by humans to prevent and treat certain types of flu and Parkinson’s disease. This drug is still relatively new to the market and is prescribed with a precaution for pets and humans alike who suffer from kidney or liver disease, seizure disorders, behavioral disorders, glaucoma or congestive heart failure. It can be especially dangerous to pets and people who are pregnant or nursing.
United Pet Group, Inc. distributed the recalled products to areas throughout the country, including within New York State. The following products have been recalled and can be identified by the lot numbers and use-by date found on the packages:
Dingo Chip Twists – Chicken in the Middle — Treats. UPC: 615650300600. Size: 3.9 ounce. Best Use by Date: May 16, 2017.
Dingo Chip Twists – Chicken in the Middle — Treats. UPC: 615650990429. Size: 9.59 ounce. Best Use by Date: May 12, 2015.
Dingo Chip Twists – Chicken in the Middle — Treats. UPC: 615650990429. Size: 9.59 ounce. Best Use by Date: May 16, 2017.
There are no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with these products. Pets that are exposed to Amantadine may experience nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, flatulence, diarrhea and agitation. Pet owners may experience similar side effects as well as hallucinations and dizziness.
“We strongly advise that this product no longer be fed to your pets and to contact your local veterinarian as soon as possible should your pet become ill as the result of consuming this product,” says Dr. John Charos, DVM, President/CEO, Central Veterinary Associates. “Further, it is important for all pet owners who purchased these products to return them to the store for a full refund.”
CVA keeps its hospital in Valley Stream open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all major holidays. For more information or to make an appointment, call 1 (888) 4CVA-PET (428-2738) or visit www.centralvets.com.