Recall AlertScience Diet dog food is a well-respected brand, trusted by countless Americans to provide a healthy food source to their canine friends. In keeping with the company's reputation for excellence, the firm has recently announced the voluntary recall of 62 bags of dog food due to potential Salmonella contamination. The specific type of dog food that has been subjected to the recall is a dry dog food called "Science Diet Adult Small and Toy Breed."

According to the Kansas-based manufacturer of Science Diet, Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc., the bags of dog food in question were sent to a variety of pet store customers and veterinary clinics in Nevada, Hawaii and California. Not only are the animals who eat this potentially dangerous dog food at risk, but dog owners who handle the food could be at risk, as well. Fortunately, no deaths or injuries to humans or animals have been reported thus far in relation to the recalled products.

Science Diet Customers Watch for These Symptoms

Those who contract Salmonella poisoning might show symptoms like bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and fever. In rare and more severe cases, individuals could contract arthritis, pain in their muscles, endocarditis and arterial infections.

With pets, it may be more difficult to determine their symptoms or that they are sick. Pet owners may want to watch for symptoms like lethargy, diarrhea, bloody stool, vomiting or fever. Owners of pets who have eaten recalled bags of Science Diet will want to watch their animals closely for any signs of ill health. Anyone who suspects that they or their pets have contracted severe symptoms after handling dog food should consult with their veterinarian and doctor as soon as possible.

Personal Injury and Defective Products Claims

Consumers who are worried about their pets' health can read more about the recall on the FDA's website or they can contact the manufacturer for more information. Also, those who suffered personal injury from a defective dog food product may want to evaluate the strengths of a civil suit for restitution. Pet owners may also be able to pursue a defective products claim if their pet suffered injury after ingesting defective pet food.