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Posted on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 : 8:02 p.m.

Carolina Prime Pet announces recall of bullstrips over Salmonella risk

By Lorrie Shaw

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Many dog owners indulge their pets' craving to chew with various rubber and synthetic toys, bones and other popular products like tracheas, tendons and antlers.

One pet product company is recalling one of their products — bullstrips.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, Carolina Prime Pet is recalling their Priority Total Pet Care All Natural Bullstrips, after finished product had been shown to have been contaminated with salmonella.

Although no illnesses have been reported, the following lot numbers tested positive for the pathogen when State of Colorado Department of Agriculture officials analyzed them:

UPC: 0-21130-42080-3; Lot Code: 20082712 S 3195 and 20090312 S3195 (in 5-count packages)

Salmonella, also referred to as salmonellosis, causes digestive problems, and dogs will typically present with fever, diarrhea, vomiting and weakness. Other symptoms can occur.

Salmonella is a zoonotic disease, meaning that it can be passed to humans as well, so care needs to be taken. Hand washing is a must — even when handling dry pet food that may be contaminated with the bacteria.

Because there are more than 2,000 strains of salmonella, it's the most common cause behind pet product recalls. Very young and very old pets are most susceptible to the bacteria and suffer the effects most profoundly. The most common symptoms associated with salmonella are vomiting, diarrhea and fever. Companion animals presenting with symptoms are treated with IV fluids and antibiotics.

That being said, salmonella can affect other animals —  not just the dogs who chew on the treats. There is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling dry pet food and/or treats can become infected with salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the bullstrips or any surfaces exposed to any contaminated product.

The product can be returned to the store where it was purchased for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Carolina Prime Pet Inc. at 1-888-370-2360, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m-4 p.m. (EST).

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Lorrie Shaw leads the pets section for and owner of Professional Pet Sitting. Shoot her an email, contact her at 734-904-7279 or follow her adventures on Twitter.