Merrick Pet Care (Amarillo, TX) has issued a voluntary recall of five production codes of their beef treat products. The recalled products include: Prime Patties Real Beef Recipe, Sausage Cuts Real Beef Recipe, Real Beef Jerky, Real Beef Sausage Cuts and Real Steak Patties.
Why the Recall
The recall was initiated by Merrick after the FDA shared a consumer complaint of their dog’s health being temporarily impacted after eating Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Beef Jerky, 4.5 oz. The dog fully recovered after the treat was no longer fed.
According to a press release from Merrick, “we have not received any similar reports to date from consumers about issues with these products.”
These treats are distributed in the United States through pet speciality, grocery and online retailers with limited distribution in Canada.
The limited recall includes only the production codes listed below (production codes are listed on the lower back of treat bags):
What You Should Know About Beef Thyroid
Elevated levels of beef thyroid hormone (which occurs naturally), may cause the following symptoms in dogs:
- Increased Thirst & Urination;
- Weight Loss;
- Increased Heart Rate; and
If high levels are consumed over an extended period of time, symptoms may increase in severity and include vomiting, diarrhea and rapid or labored breathing. If your dog has consumed any of these recalled products and is showing the symptoms listed above, immediately discontinue feeding the treat and contact your vet.
What to do Next
Consumers with any of the recalled products may receive a refund by:
- Contacting Merrick at 1-800-664-7387 (between 8-5pm Central Time Monday through Friday);
- Emailing Merrick at CustomerService@MerrickPetCare.com; or
- Filling out a form on the Merrick website at www.MerrickPetCare.com/CustomerRelations.