Listeria – common cause of dog food and treat recalls

ListeriaThe dangers of Listeria (Listeria monocytogenes)

Dogs and cats rarely catch infections with Listeria. However, contaminated pet food can be dangerous to handlers, especially small children, pregnant women and older people. In fact, it is a leading cause of hospitalization and deaths due to foodborne illness in industrialized countries.

Listeria can affect several internal parts of the body, such as the brain, GI tract and the bloodstream. Symptoms and incubation period vary depending on the affected body parts.

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It is generally advised to disinfect thoroughly after handling raw food for pets, wash hands and avoid contamination of foods for humans with pet food!

Salmonella bacteria – common cause of dog food and treat recalls

The dangers of Salmonella bacteriaThe dangers of Salmonella bacteria

Among others salmonella can cause symptoms such as

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • Dehydration
  • Loss of appetite

in your dog or cat and can even become chronic. The bacteria is also transmittable to humans, who are also facing health risks from an infection. Salmonella bacteria can also be transferred through handling of contaminated pet food.

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