Diamond Dog Food Recall – Many Pets Remain at Risk for Salmonella
Apparently, many pet owners are still unaware of the ongoing Diamond dog food recall event that began in early April. So, their dogs remain at risk for exposure to Salmonella bacteria.
For proof of the ongoing nature of this problem, the following video was just posted on July 9 by Cleveland, OH ABC affiliate, WEWS.
Please Help Get the Word Out
Although most of the affected products have already been removed from retail stores, some pet owners may still be unaware they are holding contaminated dog food in their homes.
For this reason, since this dog food recall affects so many popular brands produced by Diamond Pet Foods, it’s important that you share the news of this event with your friends who own dogs.
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And people tell me feeding raw is ‘dangerous’…
Feeding kibble and being uninformed about it is IMHO more dangerous. Because, when you feed kibble and you don’t know anything about all the recalls and risks of salmonella and E. Coli you tend to think that kibble is ‘safe’. It’s cooked and it’s baked, there can’t be anything wrong with it. You forget to clean out the dish properly and you forget to wash with hot soapy water and you leave the bag open and you don’t realize that every time you do that you raise the chances that your pet will get sick.
With raw, there is no mistake. It is raw and therefore there are precautions that you have to take to keep your pets safe and healthy, and you don’t forget them. It’s because since you’re little you’re always told that raw food can have bacteria and that you should always wash your hands and wash anything that comes into contact with it, and all the commercials and articles and recipes remind you of this fact. You don’t leave food out and you don’t let it sit in warm temperatures and you don’t leave your pet’s food bowl out for days without washing, because there is raw food and raw food = bacteria and bacteria = sick pets.
I wish there was a way to ingrain that same thought process in terms of kibble and prepared foods - every food item has bacteria in it, and not taking the right precautions will allow that bacteria to grow out of control and attack your pets. No matter how ‘prepared’ a food is, it has bacteria. Recalls like this remind us that we have not perfected the ‘prepared food’ and that a healthy dose of precaution can definitely do much in terms of keeping both people and pets healthy and safe.