Published: Thu, July 04, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Salmonella warning issued for pig ear pet treats sold in MI

Salmonella warning issued for pig ear pet treats sold in MI

Forty-five people in 13 states have reported becoming ill with a strain of Salmonella, many of whom after giving their dogs pig ear dog treats since November, the CDC reported.

For now, health officials are urging pet owners to wash their hands thoroughly after touching their pets' food, and not to use their pet's feeding bowl for their own food.

Animals with salmonella may also seem more exhausted than usual and may have a fever or vomit. Whole genome sequencing analysis of Salmonella isolates from 30 ill people predicted antibiotic resistance or decreased susceptibility to ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, gentamicin, nalidixic acid, streptomycin, sulfisoxazole, tetracycline, and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole.

Epidemiologic evidence indicates that contact with pig ear dog treats is the likely source of this outbreak.

Salmonella can affect both human and animal health.

The most common symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps starting 12 and 72 hours after being infected.

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Health officials in MI tested pig ear dog treats gathered from retail locations where ill people bought the products. Those are the kind it puts in open bins and sells individually.

They're, in fact, so popular among the growing number of dog owners in the United States that fancy recipes for preservative-free smoked pig ears for your pup are popping up online. Some 13 USA states have reported the Salmonella cases involving 45 people infected by the bacteria. Consult a veterinarian if your pet has signs of Salmonella infection.

The report did not contain a recall, but some pig ear treats have been pulled from shelves. We are working with the FDA as they continue their investigation as to what caused the reported Salmonella related illnesses. Keep pig ears away from small children. Salmonella infection symptoms can mimic other illnesses, frequently leading to misdiagnosis.

In some people, the illness may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.

It is possible for some people to be infected with the bacteria and to not get sick or show any symptoms, but to still be able to spread the infection to others.

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