Possible Salmonella Contamination Causes Recall Of Pig Ears for Pet Treats

Recently, I received an AVMA alert warning of possible salmonella contamination of pig ears.  On May 3, 2011, Keys Manufacturing Company reported that a dog in Missouri became ill after consuming their product.  Therefore, the company issued a recall for 100 count Pig Ears for Pet Treats with a UPC of 7 61094 15000.  The suspect treats were sold in Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.  For specific shipment dates please see the company’s website at www.keysmanufacturing.com/recall.htm

Signs of salmonellosis in animals include fever, lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea.  Please contact your veterinarian immediately if you observe these signs in your pet.  Many effected animals will require supportive care including intravenous fluid administration to overcome this disease.   

Salmonella may also cause disease in humans.  To be safe, I recommend washing your hands thoroughly after handing pet food and treats.  And don’t forget to disinfect utensils and work surfaces as well.  


Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.