Thursday, January 22, 2009

PB and..lots and lots of nausea

All I can say is thank god this whole Peanut Butter Recall Debacle didn't happen during my first trimester or I would've been in world of hurt. This was the period of time last summer when I had peanut butter and jelly for either lunch or dinner for about 5 weeks straight. Anyway, if you don't already know: They have found several instances of salmonella in peanut butter being sold in stores and there is a major national recall of peanut butter products going on..

So, I have an extra little PSA for you: Since peanut butter is an ingredient in MANY pet treats, plus people tend to use peanut butter to give dogs meds, please note that Salmonella CAN affect dogs and cats just as much as it affects humans . Furthermore, a dog that has salmonella can transmit that to YOU via saliva. So, it's a good idea to keep an eye out on the interwebs to see if there are any possible recalls this article has a couple of links to places where you can keep an eye on the recalls

Also, if you suspect your dog or cat may have been sickened from peanut butter, here are some symptoms to look out for:

Symptoms of Salmonella in Dogs and Cats
A combination of the following symptoms typically arises about 72 hours following exposure. It should be noted that while an array of symptoms can be present in salmonellosis sufferers, digestive upset is virtually always present to some degree.
* Vomiting (often with blood in the vomit)
* Diarrhea (often with blood present)
* Fever
* A refusal to eat
* Gurgling and bubbling sounds in the abdomen
* Lethargy
* Dehydration, often severe
* Drooling and panting (often a sign of nausea and/or pain in dogs and cats)
Petsmart has already voluntarily recalled all of their products containing peanut butter and others may be coming. So, just keep an eye out and maybe ease up on the PB treats for now.

now back to your regular programming.


Robyn said...

thank you for that tidbit of information. Wilson and Coco are more of cheese type dogs anyway.

Steph said...

May I tout the benefits of the peanut moosher at Whole Foods. Once you try, you'll never go back to fake tasting, salmonella peanut butter and neither will your dogs.

Seriously, once I gave mine the real peanut butter, they both turned their snobby noses up at Jiff.

Tina said...

Oh my god i'm such a bad mommy that I didnt even realize that the peaunt butter recall my affect my dogs! Crap! Thanks for the list of things to look out for.

Stinkydog said...

mmmm, peanut moosher. I do likey some fresh peanut butter. Almond butter too.