Bravo raw dog food recalls all its ground and dog beef because of possible contamination as per the FDA. This news came up when after a regular FDA inspection of beef samples, some of them tested positive for salmonella and listeria.
Bravo Packing Inc. is a famous dog food company with its products sold worldwide. Moreover, this company has always delivered the best quality of dog food products. With this news making headlines, loyal consumers worry about what the future holds.
Performance Dog distributes its products with a New York distributor. It then sells them to retail stores and private consumers worldwide.
Although there have been no reported cases, you should be aware of all the salmonella and listeria dog food risks as a consumer yourself.
Read ahead as we explain what these bacteria are and what effects these illnesses can have on your beloved pet’s health.
What Are Salmonella and Listeria?
Both Salmonella and Listeria are foodborne illnesses. They are a result of bacteria organisms and can harm many animals, including household dogs and cats.
Salmonella is a part of the Enterobacteriaceae bacterial family. As stated by the Center for Disease Control, this bacterium is named after its founder and is a major cause of 1.2 million illnesses worldwide.
On the other hand, Listeria is also a bacterium that feeds on water, soil, raw food, and some animals. Listeria can easily pass down to dogs and humans through dairy products, meat, and contaminated dog food.
While both these bacteria are rarely found in raw dog food from reputable companies, Bravo raw dog food recalls prove there is a possibility, and you should be prepared.
Let’s look into what symptoms appear if your dog consumes contaminated food. Moreover, find out how these bacteria can affect you and your family.
Salmonella and Listeria Dog Food Risks
If your dog consumes food contaminated with both Salmonella and Listeria, they are most likely to show the risky symptoms below:
- Muscle Soreness
- Skin Infections
- Stiff neck
However, it is also possible that your dog doesn’t show symptoms at all. According to FDA’s Bravo raw dog recall notice, “Infected animals including those without symptoms, can also shed Salmonella through their feces and saliva, spreading pathogens into the home environment and to humans and other animals in the household.”
Unfortunately, both salmonella and listeria can be passed on from your dog to you. The transfer is harmful to kids or adults with poor immunity. In humans, these illnesses can lead to:
- Stomach cramps
- Bloody poops
- Muscle aches
All these symptoms might begin a few days after an interaction with these bacteria.
However, it would help if you are alert and careful of any abnormal changes in your body.
Salmonella Complication in Humans
Salmonella can also lead to many health complications. You might feel dehydrated and have painful soreness in your joints.
This infection can also get into your blood and infect your tissues, bones, heart valves, and blood vessels.
Risks of Listeria on Pregnant Women
Fortunately, listeria has very mild effects on pregnant mothers. But it can be devastating for the unborn child. The child may suffer from a life-threatening infection when born or can even die in the womb.
If you have recently had a newborn and suspects the presence of bacteria around, look for the following symptoms in your baby:
- Unable to feed
- Difficult breathing
If any of the above symptoms appear, rush to a hospital and get treatment.
What to Do in Case of Consumption?
So far, fortunately, there have been no cases of dogs and people getting sick of this contamination. However, if your pantry still has any of Bravo’s raw dog products, throw them away immediately.
If your dog has already consumed either five-pound or two-pound plastic sleeves of beef products and shows visible symptoms, it’s time to visit the vet.
The treatment of these illnesses varies according to the degree of symptoms. In case of mild symptoms, the vet will most likely prescribe pain relievers or stomach protectants.
However, if the symptoms persist and become severe, hospitalization and antibiotics may help to bring normality to your dog’s life.
Timely action will not only save your pet’s life but will also prevent the spread.
How to Make Your House Contamination-free?
In case you or your dog suffers the wrath of these bacteria, start with a treatment. Follow this with a strict cleanliness plan.
- Use chlorine bleach to clean all surfaces. Dilute some bleach and clean your dog’s mat, his eating place, and your floor.
- Throw away the bowls and plates that might have carried the contaminated food. Replace them with new ones.
- If possible, get your hands on benzalkonium chloride. It is a common disinfectant available to kill all kinds of bacteria. Use this chemical to clean surfaces.
- As a preventive measure, wash your hands regularly after handling your dog. Do this even after a few days of recovery.
Bravo raw food recalls have spread fear and anxiety to all Bravo Packing, Inc’s loyal consumers. But, as long as you haven’t bought any of the recalled products to your home, you shouldn’t panic.
In case of emerging symptoms in your dog, contact a vet and call on Bravo Packing Inc.’s helpline for any questions.
As long as the FDA doesn’t approve of Bravo Packing Inc.’s grounded beef products as safe, try other products and save your dog’s life.