The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with the US Food and Drug Administration, recently issued a health warning to pet owners who feed their dogs pig ear treats.
They are advising people not to buy pig ear treats for their pets, and not to feed your dog any you might already have in the home.
There have been many cases of multi-drug resistant Salmonella, a bacterial infection, associated with these treats. The Salmonella can affect both dogs and people who handle the treats.
The latest numbers from the CDC show that 127 people in 33 states have become infected. 26 people have been hospitalized, and 24 of the infections have occurred in children under 5 years of age.
While some companies have recalled their pig ear dog treats, the CDC and FDA advise pet owners to avoid all pig ears while the Salmonella outbreak is being investigated.
Here is a brief summary of their advice to dog owners. Be sure to check out the CDC website for the full story.
- Avoid buying pig ear treats.
- Throw away any pig ear treats you might already have (make sure your dog can’t get to them in the trash).
- Wash areas where pig ear treats were stored.
- Signs of Salmonella in people include diarrhea, fever, stomach cramps.
- Signs in dogs include tiredness, vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea.
- Report any suspected Salmonella infections to the FDA here.