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Dog sickened by recalled treats amid salmonella outbreak

February 13, 2009 |  2:17 pm

Peanutcorp The salmonella epidemic that has sickened about 600 people has caused its first reported case of illness in a dog, according to DVM Newsmagazine.

A 3-year-old mixed breed dog from Oakland, Ore., developed diarrhea after eating Happy Tails Multi-Flavored Dog Biscuits, one of the brands recalled after it was learned that they contained peanut products from the Georgia peanut-processing plant deemed the source of the outbreak.  The treats were sold at Albertsons and Jewel-Osco grocery store chains.

The dog's regular veterinarian referred the case to Dr. Emilio DeBass, Oregon's state public health veterinarian.  DVM Newsmagazine has the details:

Two of the three dogs in the household became ill, according to the state veterinarian's office. One tested positive for serogroup B Salmonella, the strain implicated in the current outbreak, as did the package of treats submitted by the pet owners.

The state veterinarian's office says anyone with treats included on the recall list should stop feeding them to pets immediately.

The sickened dog was treated with fluids and antibiotics and is expected to make a full recovery, according to the state veterinarian.

Peanut Corp. of America, which owns the Georgia processing plant, filed for bankruptcy today, the Associated Press reports.

For a full list of recalled pet products, check out the FDA's website.

--Lindsay Barnett

ASPCA warns dog owners against peanut butter products

Photo: The idled Peanut Corp. of America plant in Blakely, Ga.  Credit: Erik S. Lesser / EPA.

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