January 22, 2020

Pig Ear Dog Treats Still a Salmonella Risk, Says AVMA

The American Veterinary Medical Association says that pig ear dog treats are still a Salmonella risk despite interventions. Last year, 154 people in 26 states were sickened with Salmonella Javiana infections after coming into contact with pig ears that were sold as treats for dogs. Thirty-five people were hospitalized in that outbreak because they were so sick. The pig ears were contaminated with seven different serotypes of Salmonella, and some were antibiotic resistant. Pig ears that were imported from Brazil, Columbia, and Argentina were recalled as part of the outbreak investigation. But that isn't the first time outbreaks have been linked to this product. Pig ear dog treat outbreaks have been occurring since 1999. In response, the FDA has been blocking the import of some … [Read more...]

Pig Ear Dog Treat Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 93; Multiple Strains Found

The pig ear dog treat Salmonella outbreak has now sickened at least 93 people in 27 states. Twenty people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. The patient case count by state is: Alabama (1), Arizona (1), California (1), Colorado (2), Florida (2), Georgia (1), Hawaii (1), Illinois (6), Indiana (4), Iowa (18), Kansas (3), Kentucky (4), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (4), Michigan (9), Minnesota (1), Missouri (5), New York (11), North Carolina (1), North Dakota (1), Ohio (5), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (3), South Carolina (1), Utah (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (3). The patient age range is from less than 1 year to 90. Of 67 people who provided information to investigators, 20, or 30%, has been hospitalized. That is 50% higher than the typical percentage in Salmonella … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Pig Ear Dog Treats Sickens 45

A Salmonella enterica serotype I 4,[5],12:i:- linked to pig ear dog treats has sickened at least 45 people in 13 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Twelve people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. The case count by state is: California (1), Illinois (3), Indiana (3), Iowa (12), Kansas (3), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (7), Missouri (3), New York (6), North Dakota (1), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (1), and Wisconsin (1).  Illness onset dates range from November 18, 2018 to June 13, 2019. The patient age range is from less than 1 year to 81 years. Of the 39 people who provided information, 12, or 31%, have been hospitalized. Epidemiologic evidence indicates that contact with pig ear dog treats is the likely source of this … [Read more...]

FDA: Don’t Give the Dog a Bone

Bones are not a safe treat for dogs of any size, says the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  "You’ve just finished a big weekend family dinner and you are wondering what to do with the bones from the ham and roast, when in trots your big black Labrador Retriever. It’s hard to resist those longing, puppy-dog eyes," begins their warning. But it's in your pets best interest to find a safer treat. Bones can cause all kinds of problems for your dog including choking, blockages of the gastrointestinal tract, cuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding from the rectum, and death. The FDA has received about 35 reports of illnesses in dogs and eight fatalities related to bone treats. The agency has also received reports of product problems, such as bones … [Read more...]

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Dog Bones Recalled for Salmonella

Blue Buffalo Company is recalling Cub Size Wilderness Wild Chews Bones for Salmonella. Consumers who have purchased these items should throw them away in a sealed bag. Pet food and treats contaminated with Salmonella can causes illness pets who eat them and humans who handle them. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection in humans include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. In some cases, Salmonella can also cause heart problems, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers who have handled this dog treat and developed these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider. Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever, abdominal pain,  lethargy, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, or vomiting. Infected but … [Read more...]

Good ‘n’ Fun Beefhide Chicken Sticks Recall for Salmonella Expanded

Salix Animal Health of Deerfield, Fla. is  expanding its recall of Good 'n' Fun - Beefhide Chicken Sticks dog treats for Salmonella. Consumers who purchase this brand of dog treats should check for the UPC code 091093822471 and expiration dates ranging from 02/2018- 07/2018. These treats should not be given to dogs as they may cause illness. Salmonella in pet treat can cause illness in pets that eat them or humans who handle them. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection in humans include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Salmonella infections can also trigger long-term ailments, including heart problems, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product … [Read more...]

Big Bark Beef Jerky Dog Treats Recalled for Salmonella

Grill-Phoria of Loveland, Colo. is recalling Big Bark All Natural Beef Jerky Treats for Dogs for potential Salmonella contamination. Consumers who have purchased these products should not feed them to their dogs. The recalled products were sold between September 20, 2014 through January 2, 2015, in 3.5 oz bags that do not have lot codes. Salmonella in pet treats can affect animals who eat them and humans who handle them. To prevent illness, always thoroughly wash their hands after having contact with pet food products. Consumers who have purchased these products should carefully clean any surfaces they have come in contact with. Salmonella causes symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Sometimes it can also cause more serious … [Read more...]

Dog Deaths Prompt Petco to Dump Treats Made in China

Petco has become the first national pet specialty retailer to end sales of pet treats made in China. The decision was prompted by continuing reports of illness and deaths associated with the products. Between 2007 an 2014, at least 5,600 dogs illnesses and 1,000 dog deaths were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats have also sickened 24 cats, and three people. "As a trusted partner for pet parents, we believe this is the right thing to do, and we're proud to take this step in the best interest of pets," said Jim Myers, Petco CEO. "What we feed our pets matters, and this milestone supports the company's steadfast commitment to putting our customers, partners, … [Read more...]

Jump Your Bones Roo Bites Dog Treats Recalled For Salmonella

Jump Your Bones Inc. of Boca Raton, Florida is recalling Jump Your Bones brand name Roo Bites dog treats because of potential Salmonella contamination. At the time of the recall, there had been no reports of illness. Salmonella on the treats can sicken dogs who eat the them and the humans who handle them, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection in humans include: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. In a small percentage of cases, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Anyone experiencing … [Read more...]

Target, Petco, Sam’s Club, Costco Recall Dog Treats For Salmonella

Target, Petco, Sam’s Club and Costco are all recalling dog treats made by Kasel Associates Industries Inc. of Denver for possible Salmonella contamination. Some dogs have become ill after eating these treats. This is the third time in 10 months that a problem has been detected at Kasel. In December, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a consumer warning after company refused to issue a recall for dog treats tainted with Salmonella. The current recall covers all products manufactured by Kasel between April 20, 2012 and September 19, 2012. These products were sold under a variety of brand names including Boots & Barkley, BIXBI, Colorado Naturals, K9, Nature’s Deli, Petco, and TDBBS/Best Bully Sticks. Some of these products have shelf lives of up to two years so … [Read more...]

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