Experts say make sure you wash your hands right after you handle pet food or treats and to store them away from human food. Whole genome sequencing analysis of Salmonella isolates from 30 ill people predicted antibiotic resistance or decreased susceptibility to ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, gentamicin, nalidixic acid, streptomycin, sulfisoxazole, tetracycline, and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole.
Federal health officials are warning about a salmonella outbreak that has been linked to popular dog treats.
Salmonella can affect both human and animal health.
Call your vet if your dog starts showing the symptoms of salmonella infection which include having diarrhea that may contain blood or mucus or vomiting. A common supplier of pig ear treats in this outbreak has not been identified. Consult a veterinarian if your pet has signs of Salmonella infection.
As of July 2 there had been 45 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella I 4, , 12:i:- from 13 states.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development collected pig ear dog treats from retailers that were reported to have bought the products from. Prepackaged pig ears sold in MI don't appear to be affected at this point.
"It's not clear why some brands of pig ears have tested positive for Salmonella and others have not", said department official Jeffrey Zimmer. We are working with the FDA as they continue their investigation as to what caused the reported Salmonella related illnesses. 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. Salmonella infection symptoms can mimic other illnesses, frequently leading to misdiagnosis. Otherwise healthy adults are usually sick for four to seven days. Half (50%) of ill people are female.