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ASPCA warns dog owners against peanut butter products

January 24, 2009 | 10:39 pm

Peanut Following PetSmart's recall of seven dog biscuit products as a result of a salmonella outbreak involving peanut butter and peanut paste, the ASPCA is cautioning pet owners against feeding any peanut butter products to their dogs. 

"The ASPCA recommends that pet parents discontinue the use of all affected products immediately until further information has been received.  Pet parents should wash their hands after handling any potentially contaminated food and immediately consult with a veterinarian if any signs or symptoms are noticed in their pets," said the ASPCA's Senior Vice President of Animal Health Services, Dr. Steven Hansen.

The ASPCA notes that most dogs are "relatively resistant to illness from Salmonella bacteria," but says puppies, older dogs, pregnant females, and dogs who have existing health issues are at greater risk for salmonella-related illness.

The Jewel-Osco company announced its own dog biscuit recall earlier today in what it described as a "precautionary move." The recall affects Happy Tails Brand Multi-Flavored Dog Biscuits in 26-ounce and 4-pound sizes.

For more information on the salmonella outbreak and other recalled products, see the FDA's website.

--Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times

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