Individually, the United States Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out warnings to consumers yesterday, on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, regarding any of the many brands of pig ear dog treats sold here in the United States. Americans have been warned by the two federal government agencies not to feed their pets – not just dogs, necessarily – any treats made out of pig ears, whether they’re artificial or real-deal, true-blue pig ears.
Further, the two agencies told retailers across the country to immediately remove pig ear pet treats from their shelves to reduce the risk of people being exposed to salmonella.
This is because of a salmonella outbreak that first started developing back a full month ago, in July 2019. As of July 9, some 45 people had been confirmed as coming down with salmonella poisoning as a result of simply coming in contact with pet treats made out of pig ears. The 45 victims were spread across a total of 13 states at the time.
As of the time that the two federal government health-related agencies published each of their recommendations via their official websites, among other places on the World Wide Web, a total of 127 Americans had been confirmed of having come down with salmonella poisoning. These 127 people are spread across 33 states, the outbreak nearly tripling the surface area that the salmonella outbreak covers since warnings were initially issued by these two United States federal government agencies on July 9.
In total, United States federal government agencies have pumped out two separate warnings to consumers, urging them to stay away from the pig ear pet treats, as well as urging retailers to stop selling them as soon as possible.
According to both the CDC and the FDA, the vast majority of these pet treats were manufactured either here in the United States, in Brazil, or in Argentina, though most of them originated domestically.
Iowa is currently the most infected state, having notched a confirmed 23 cases of salmonella in the past month. New York follows closely behind Iowa with a total of 15 cases, whereas Michigan comes in third with 12 confirmed salmonella poisonings.
The best way to look out for salmonella poisoning in dogs is to check their stool. If it contains far more mucus than it normally does – or blood, for that matter, which shouldn’t regularly be in your dog’s stool, anyway – then your dog could be contaminated with salmonella.
Here’s What You Need To Do
You should stay away from high-artificial-content dog treats in the first place! If you follow this rule, you won’t have any salmonella to worry about anytime soon.