The Proctor and Gamble Company issued a recall of several types of Iams and Eukanuba dry dog and cat food, which may be contaminated with salmonella. The products were made at a single manufacturing site during a ten day window.
If you think your dog or cat has been affected, discontinue use of the food immediately.
"How salmonella usually affects an animal is usually through the G.I. Tract. And what I mean by that is, you might have varying signs, from stomach cramping or vomiting, right further down the tract to diarrhea or loose stools," said Dr. Edward Brauer, Veterinarian at Marquette Veterinary Clinic.
If the animal is very sick, it's best to bring them to the vet and be treated.
The recall only applies to dry dog food and dry cat food of both the Iams and Eukanuba brands, which are both fathered by Proctor and Gamble.
No treats, biscuits, or wet dog or cat food was affected.
Mares-Z-Doats in Marquette says it is unlikely the Upper Peninsula has been affected by the contamination.
"Fortunately this time around, none of our food was affected. The Iams/Eukanuba, it was only a plant somewhere on the East Coast, so it's far enough away that none of that food was shipped up here," said Jennifer Hallinen, Manager at Mares-Z-Doats.
However, if you believe you may have a contaminated product, the best way to know for sure is to check the serial or lot numbers on the package. There are specific numbers that have been affected, and are listed online on the Food and Drug Administration website .
You can then contact the company directly and inform them you have purchased a contaminated product.
Although several products were recalled, the company said that just one tenth of one percent of total annual production was affected.
For a complete list of all the recalled products, click here.