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.