FDA And CDC Warning: Don’t Give ‘Pig Ear Treats’ To Your Dog
I don't know about your dogs, but when I had the joy of being a dog mom in the past, by far my dogs' favorite treats tended to be the 'pig ear' treats. I doubt I would buy them for my dog if I had one today, for other reasons. Despite any other concerns with them, this may definitely cause you to consider choosing an alternative.
The FDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Prevention have warned not to purchase the treats due to a multi-state salmonella outbreak that includes the pig ear treats. In fact, you may not even want to TOUCH them, much less give them to your dogs. Just handling the treats can make you ill. Furthermore, retailers have been advised not to even sell them.
The CDC gave an update last Wednesday that "a total of 127 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from 33 states." Thankfully, no deaths have been reported at this point, but 26 people were admitted to the hospital.
In case you're not familiar with the symptoms of salmonella infection in dogs, look for signs of diarrhea, possible fever or vomiting, and signs of fatigue. In humans, symptoms may also include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.
As always, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly after feeding or playing with your animal friends.
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