Dogs with a Salmonella infection usually have diarrhea that may contain blood or mucus.
As of July 2, 2019, a total of 45 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella I 4, , 12:i:- have been reported from 13 states.
For more information, visit the CDC and FDA websites.
The possibility of Salmonella contamination in pig-ear products has led the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development to issue a consumer advisory.
In a news release, the state says samples of bulk pig ears were collected by MDARD feed inspectors from two retailers and tested positive for Salmonella at MDARD's Geagley Laboratory.
For now, health officials are urging pet owners to wash their hands thoroughly after touching their pets' food, and not to use their pet's feeding bowl for their own food. We are working with the FDA as they continue their investigation as to what caused the reported Salmonella related illnesses.
The outbreak has been linked to contact with pig ear dog treats, according to the CDC. Affected retails locations have removed pig ear dog treats from the shelves.
Don't let your pet lick any open wounds or areas with broken skin. They sampled pig ears for Salmonella.
Animals with salmonella may also seem more exhausted than usual and may have a fever or vomit.
Individuals infected with Salmonella should monitor for some, or all, of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.
Older adults, children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients, are more likely to develop a severe illness and serious, sometimes life-threatening conditions. Some animals don't show symptoms of salmonella poisoning, but they can still spread it around the home through saliva and feces.