Nylabone Recalls Puppy Starter Kits For Possible Salmonella Contamination

Image courtesy of (Loren Sztajer) Don't despair, puppy. There are other chew toys out there.

(Loren Sztajer) Don't despair, puppy. There are other chew toys out there.

(Loren Sztajer) Don’t despair, puppy. There are other chew toys out there.

Puppies chew everything: fingers, toes, shoes, furniture…well, anything else within their reach. Nylabone offers a kit with a few different types of durable bone for your puppy to try in order to redirect their chewing urge toward something more that’s cheaper than shoes and healthier for their teeth. That seems like a good idea…unless the bones they’re chewing are contaminated with salmonella bacteria.

Salmonella can affect dogs and humans alike. It’s a more severe illness for people, causing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Infection can also have rare complications that can be fatal. Dogs can experience diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain, but they can also be carriers and transmit Salmonella to humans who haven’t touched the contaminated food item…or dog toy, in this case.

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Here’s how to identify packages that might be affected: they’re labeled with lot number 21935. The UPC is 0-18214-81291-3, and they have an expiration date of 3/22/18. All of these will be printed at the bottom of the back of the package.

If you have the kit, you should return any unchewed portion to the store where you purchased it for a refund. If you have any questions about the recall, bark at Nylabone at 1-877-273-7527.

TFH Publications, Inc./Nylabone Products Recalls Puppy Starter Kit Due To Possible Salmonella Health Risk [FDA]