Pet owners may need to watch what they're feeding their dog or cat because it could be unsafe. Procter & Gamble has recalled two brands because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.
Iams and Eukanuba dry pet food products are on the list. Experts said both are excellent. Northgate Pet Clinic in Decatur recommends them, but feed a pet a meal from the list and pet owners and their pet could get sick.
Kimber Wilderman has a one and a half-year-old Pitbull mix named Penny.
"She loves to eat when she eats," described Wilderman.
And when she eats, its Iams.
"I've never had a problem with the Iams brand," she said.
But Friday she almost did because Procter & Gamble recalled dog and cat food products.
"It was a voluntary recall and it wasn't because, to my understanding, it wasn't because Salmonella was found it was because there was a possibility it could be found," explained Dr. Larry Baker of the Northgate Pet Clinic.
And if it's found, pet owners and their pets could be at risk.
"A pet would actually have to consume the food in order to become contaminated with Salmonellosis where as a human can simply handle the food, put their hands in their mouth without washing their hands and get it that way," he said.
But Dr. Baker said not to worry but take precaution.
"They should just look and see if they have that particular lot numbers that are listed on the FDA page," he explained.
And that's just what Wilderman did.
"The kind of food that I do feed my dog was on the list," she said.
But the lot number didn't match.
"The kind is on the list still kind of worries me because then I have to go back and make sure whenever I go to the pet store to check for those," Wilderman said.
Still, the recall isn't going to stop Penny from working up an appetite.
So far no illnesses have been reported. Under Site Watch there's link to all the brands that are affected. If a brand pet owner's use is on that list, he or she should contact Procter & Gamble.
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