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All “pig ear” dog treats should now be considered hazardous

We wrote in July about a salmonella outbreak linked to certain “pig ear” dog treats. Well that warning has now been extended to “all” pig ear dog treats, after almost 130 people have become sickened with salmonella. It's unclear at this time if any pets have contracted salmonella.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are still unsure where the outbreak began. 127 people in 33 states have contracted salmonella linked to the pig ear dog treat recall. Initial reports of a salmonella outbreak linked to the treats began in July, an investigation followed, and has now been expanded. What’s really tough about this report is the salmonella outbreak has yet to be linked to one specific brand or variety of pig ear dog treats, and the salmonella appears "resistant" to most medications typically used to fight it.

For people that have contracted salmonella, symptoms may include but are not limited to: diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. Knowing if your dog has contracted salmonella can be more difficult to determine. Salmonella symptoms in dogs can be everything from bloody diarrhea to fatigue and vomiting. If you believe your pet has contracted salmonella, you should contact your veterinarian immediately.

Our original report on the salmonella outbreak in pig ear dog treats can be found here:

Click here to read WECT’s full story on the outbreak:

For the complete report by the CDC, follow this link: