Dog toy manufacturer Nylabone issued a recall April 22 for its puppy chew starter kit due to a fear of salmonella contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported.
Though no illnesses have been reported, the company said the three-pack of dog bones were sold in stores, online and via the mail.
The contamination stems from humans handling the dog chews. Those with unwashed hands may have unknowingly spread salmonella onto the bones during the packaging process. As such, both canines and humans may be at risk of falling ill to a number of adverse side effects of salmonella.
The FDA noted pet symptoms include lethargy, vomiting and bloody diarrhea, among others. Likewise, infected humans may display signs of nausea, cramping and fever.
“Rarely, salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms,” the FDA stated.
Dog owners should be on the lookout for Nylabone products and ensure their dog treats are properly cleaned and safe for use. Those who purchased the affected products can return them for a full refund.