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Salmonella outbreak linked to “pig ear” dog treats

Pig ear dog treats, sold in more than half of the United States, have been recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control over salmonella concerns. The source of the outbreak is unknown at this time. The CDC believes the dog treats are the cause of 45 illnesses in more than a dozen states. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported as of the time of this post.

Pet Supplies Plus, a pet store with more than 400 stores in 30 states, has recalled pig ear products from all of its stores. This decision was made despite the fact that none of the salmonella cases have been linked to pig ears sold at Pet Supplies Plus stores. The CDC reports that 34 people came in contact with a dog before getting sick, and “17 people reported contact with pig ear treats or dogs who were fed the treats before their diagnosis.” The CDC doesn’t collect data on dogs diagnosed with salmonella, and the FDA is “currently unaware” of how many dogs may have it.

Salmonella, a foodborne illness, has been known to cause diarrhea, fever, chills, abdominal pain and death in humans. Warning signs for a dog with salmonella include “vomiting, bloody diarrhea, fever and loss of appetite.” Knowing if a dog has contracted salmonella is difficult to determine though, and they can still have salmonella even if the symptoms aren’t apparent.

The Centers for Disease Control wants pet owners to know, just because you or your dog hasn't gotten sick, that doesn’t mean the treats are safe to share with our furry friends or for us to handle.

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