At least 45 people across 13 states have been infected with salmonella due to certain dog treats, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Wednesday. Twelve were hospitalized.
The outbreak has been linked to dog treats made with
The CDC and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are currently investigating the link between the pig ear dog treats and salmonella. Treat samples collected by Michigan health officials have tested positive for several strains of salmonella, but it’s not clear which one is causing the infection.
Salmonella is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the United States. Salmonella bacteria
The FDA and CDC are still working together to determine how the dog treats are connected to human or animal illnesses, and to identify a common supplier.
In the meantime, the CDC has suggested ways to avoid salmonella infection from dog treats:
- Always wash your hands with soap and water, right after handling any pet food — especially pig ears.
- Never let your pet lick your mouth or face after eating.
- Keep pet food sealed, away from human food.
- Don’t let children younger than five years old touch pet food or treats.
Salmonella symptoms (for humans) include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. According to the CDC, dogs with salmonella infection don’t always look sick, but may seem more tired than usual, have a fever or vomit.
If you, a family member or your pet are showing signs of salmonella poisoning, contact a doctor. Usually salmonella goes away on its own, but occasionally it can enter the bloodstream and cause a more serious infection.
Remember, salmonella is passed through skin-to-skin contact, including with animals. Yes, you should cook through your chicken, and avoid raw eggs — but watch out for your dog’s food, too.