As of September 5, the Centers for Disease Control reports 143 people infected from 35 states, with 33 people hospitalized.
We’ve never been fans of pig ear treats for dogs due their high fat content, coating agents, and the high incidence of stomach upset they cause in dogs. This past summer the CDC reported an outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to pig ears, many of these cases being drug-resistant. No cases of death have been reported yet, but we strongly urge you to throw away all pig ears if you have them.
The FDA has traced back some of the pig ear treats associated with cases of illness to sources in Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia. Three firms have recalled their products. Samples of these treats have tested positive for Salmonella, and further testing is ongoing to identify the specific Salmonella DNA fingerprint.
Animals and humans can become ill from simply handling the pig ears or even being in contact with surfaces where they were stored. Thorough hand washing is important if you touch these treats or a dog who has ingested them. You should also avoid letting your pets lick your face or any open wounds after they eat.
The FDA and CDC are advising consumers to avoid all pig ear pet treats and retailers to stop selling all pig ear treats at this time. If you have pig ears at home, it is important to dispose of them and not feed them to your pet.
Symptoms of salmonella infection in humans include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. Identifying the illness in your dog may include sudden diarrhea and lethargy as well as vomiting.
The CDC/FDA investigation is ongoing, and we’ll keep you updated as we get more information. If you have questions about this issue or any concerns about your pet’s diet, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 503-749-9400.