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Pet Treats Recalled on Salmonella Fears

Pet Carousel Recalls Pig Ear, Cow Hoof Dog Treats Because of Possible Salmonella Contamination
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Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Dec. 10, 2009 -- A California pet food maker has issued a nationwide recall of all varieties of its popular “pig ears” and “cow hooves” dog treats because the products may be contaminated with salmonella, a bacterium that can cause serious illness in animals and people.

Pet Carousel Inc. of Sanger, Calif., announced the recall following two statements from the FDA in November warning that certain dog snacks made by the company might be contaminated with salmonella.

Pet Carousel says the FDA found positive results for salmonella in tests of pig ears and beef hoof products.

The pig ear products, distributed nationwide, were packaged under the brand names Doggie Delight, Pork Tasteez, and Pet Carousel. The beef hooves were packaged under the names Choo Hooves, Dentley’s, Doggie Delight, and Pet Carousel.

The company warns that people can contract salmonella poisoning by handling dry pet food and pet treats, “especially if [people] have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the treats or any surfaces exposed to those products.”

It says healthy people infected with salmonella may experience symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, fever, and sometimes more serious problems, including arterial infections.

They report that pets with salmonella may become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, vomiting, fever, decreased appetite, and abdominal pain.

The company says healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans and warns people whose pets have consumed any of the affected products to contact their veterinarians if their animals have become sick.

The FDA said Nov. 10 that it had warned dog owners that pig ears and cow hooves made by company, “both plain and stuffed,” might be contaminated with salmonella.

The warning was issued after routine FDA testing in a sample of the manufacturer’s pig ear dog treats, which triggered an inspection of the company’s plant.

The FDA says the affected treats were sold nationally through retail stores and over the Internet. The agency also says the retail chains PetSmart, Pet Food Express, and Petco had posted formal notices on their web pages and offered refunds or exchanges for any of the affected foods.

“Salmonella can cause gastroenteritis in dogs, including symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea,” the FDA says in its warning. “Some dogs will shed salmonella in their stools without ever showing any symptoms of illness. If any stool clings to an infected dog’s coat near the anus (not unusual with long-haired breeds), the salmonella can be spread to other parts of the coat by licking, and then transferred to anyone who pets, or is licked by, the dog.”

The FDA’s warning on Nov. 10 followed an alert issued Nov. 5.

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