Dog owners beware: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with the Food and Drug Administration, and are advising people not to buy or feed any pig ear dog treats to pets because they could be contaminated with Salmonella.
The CDC’s statement comes weeks after previous advisories indicating that dozens have become sick after their dogs consumed pig ear treats.
Handling infected treats can make people sick, and eating them could make dogs sick, the CDC says.
The CDC warned consumers on July 17 that there is a possible correlation between the ear treats for dogs and Salmonella illness in humans. Since the initial warning, 34 people have reported illness. In total, 127 people have become ill in connection to the treats.
The CDC offers this advice:
Tips to stay healthy while feeding your dog
Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water right after handling pet food or treats, including pig ears.
When possible, store pet food and treats away from where human food is stored or prepared and away from the reach of young children.
Don’t use your pet’s feeding bowl to scoop food. Use a clean, dedicated scoop, spoon, or cup.
Always follow any storage instructions on pet food bags or containers.
Don’t let your pet lick your mouth or face after it eats pet food or treats.
Don’t let your pet lick any open wounds or areas with broken skin.
If you do play with your pet after it has just eaten, wash your hands and any part of your body it licked with soap and water.
Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after touching unpackaged pet treats, such as food or treats in bulk bins.
Take extra care around young children
Children younger than 5 years old should not touch or eat pet food or treats.
Young children are at risk for illness because their immune systems are still developing and because they are more likely than others to put their fingers or other items into their mouths.
Adults should supervise hand washing for young children
How do I know if my dog has Salmonella infection?
Some dogs may have Salmonella infection but may not look sick. Dogs with a Salmonella infection usually have diarrhea that may contain blood or mucus. Affected animals may seem more tired than usual, and may have a fever or vomit.
If your dog or cat has these signs of illness or you are concerned that your pet may have Salmonella infection, please contact your pet’s veterinarian.
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