Health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are warning people about a multidrug-resistant salmonella outbreak that has been associated with popular dog treats.
The CDC said that 45 people in 13 states have become sick after coming in contact with pig ear dog treats. So far, no deaths have been reported; however, 12 people have been hospitalized.
The health Officials said that a common supplier of dog treats has not yet been identified.
Epidemiologic evidence has indicated that contact with pig ear dog treats is the potential source of the salmonella outbreak. The CDC said that 34 of 38 people reported contact with a dog before failing sick. And of 24 people, 17 reported contact with dogs that were fed pig ear dog treats.
The health officials said that the investigation has been ongoing and they will provide updates when they get more information about the source.
Meanwhile, the CDC offered a few important tips to dog owners, such as:
- washing hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately after handling pet food or treats
- storing pet food and treats away from human food and out of the reach of young children
- following storage instructions on pet food bags or containers
- playing safe by not allowing pets to lick your mouth or face, or any open wounds
The CDC has recommended contacting your veterinarian if your pets have signs of salmonella infection, such as diarrhea, vomiting, or fever.