Salmonella in dog treats worries dog owners

Beware of what you feed your dog. According to the CDC there might be salmonella in dog treats. Indeed, the CDC reported Wednesday that it is investigating an outbreak of Salmonella in 13 states along with the Food and Drug Administration, that is related to contact with dog treats.

Forty-five people in California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin have been infected. Twelve have been hospitalized.

In CDC interviews with 38 of the infected, 34 said they had been in contact with a dog before becoming ill. Separately, 17 of the 24 people interviewed reported having had contact with dog treats such as “pig ears”.

Officials from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development took samples of pork ears for salmonella. They have identified some strains in the sweets, but it is not clear if these are the same strains that cause the infection.

The CDC recommends that people always wash their hands after handling pet food or treats, keep it away from human food and never let pets lick their mouths, faces or open wounds.

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Sarah Ali

Sarah is currently pursuing a degree in Pharmacology at the University of Florida. She focuses on health news and tips for The Talking Democrat.