Salmonella warning issued for pig ear pet treats sold in MI

Health warning Contact with some pet treats can give people salmonella

Always be careful when handling your pet's food or treats

Officials from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development gathered pig ear dog treats at retail locations where ill people reported buying the products.

"It's not clear why some brands of pig ears have tested positive for Salmonella and others have not".

- Certain dog treats could send you to the hospital.

A warning for pet owners: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration are investigating an outbreak of salmonella infections linked to contact with pig ear dog treats. Although the outbreak strain was not identified, other strains of Salmonella were. The CDC said that investigators are checking to see if the pig ears tested were responsible for the illnesses. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

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The MDARD says the advisory is for pig ears sold in bulk at retailers statewide.

People were also told not to use their pet's feeding bowl to scoop the food, and to instead use a clean, dedicated scoop. With over 460 locations in 33 states, the stores have a streamlined design making it easy to navigate a wide assortment of natural foods, hard goods and pet services.

Don't let your pet lick any open wounds or areas with broken skin.

Some dogs may have Salmonella infection but may not look sick.

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A map of states affected by a salmonella outbreak linked to pig ear dog treats. Dogs with a Salmonella infection usually have diarrhea that may contain blood or mucus. However, after interviewing 38 infected people, a CDC report notes 34 of them said they had contact with a dog before falling ill. Pets with salmonella might appear lethargic or have diarrhea, and dog owners should contact their veterinarian if they have concerns.

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

Children younger than 5 years, pregnant women, adults 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

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