The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently reported that United Pet Group of Cincinnati is voluntarily recalling all unexpired lots of its Pro-Pet Adult Daily Vitamin Supplement tablets for dogs due to possible salmonella contamination.
The product, which was sold nationally at various retailers, comes in 100-count white plastic bottles with a light blue label. The UPC code is 26851-01800. The affected products are those with expiration dates on or before “06/13.” The expiration date can be found imprinted vertically on the right side of the product label.
These products are being removed from retail stores and pet owners should immediately stop feeding these supplements to their pets, according to the FDA.
Laboratory testing revealed that one lot of the vitamin product was contaminated with salmonella. United Health Group is recalling all unexpired lots of the product out of “an abundance of caution,” the FDA reported.
Pets with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets will only have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain, according to the FDA, adding that infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.
People who handle dry pet food or treats can become infected with salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to these products. Healthy people infected with salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.
Rarely, salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
The FDA is urging pet owners who have a pet that has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms to contact their veterinarian.
Consumers who have purchased the product are urged to contact United Pet Group or the place of purchase for further direction. The company can be contacted by calling 800-645-5154 ext. 3, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT.