Salmonella-Infected Dog Treats Are Recalled and 27 States Have Been Affected So Far

Sorry, Fido, even the puppy eyes won't score you these treats.

This year, we’ve seen all kinds of recalls, from Listeria in Target deli salads to plastic in your 4th of July hot dog buns. We’re pretty used to recalls running rampant in the kitchen, but this time you may need to check up on your pup. Not only does this recall affect your furry friend—but you might also be at risk.

The recall began as an investigation on July 3, 2019 and was updated on July 17, 2019. Salmonella cases related to these dog treats have been reported from 27 different states, and there’s no telling if the outbreak is nationwide. You can read what the CDC has to say about the dog treat recall here.

What dog treats are recalled?

If you’re already reaching for that jumbo box of Milkbones, don’t worry, they’re in the clear. The recall lists pig ear treats in particular. Pet Supplies Plus first recalled all pig ears on July 3 after finding traces of Salmonella in the product, and the FDA launched an investigation.

In conjunction, Pet Supplies Plus issued a consumer advisory stating that it would recall pig ear products from multiple vendors, but they’re not the only pet supply store that may be affected. According to the CDC, the investigation is ongoing, and a common supplier has not been identified. Translation: If you’ve got some pig ears for the pup somewhere in your house, get rid of them ASAP. (Psst…Try these treats instead.)

So far, 93 human infections have been reported, and 20 of those victims have been hospitalized. 90% of patients interviewed explained they had been in contact with a dog shortly before feeling sick. 69% of patients reported touching pig ear dog treats beforehand.

Wondering why there are so many recalls lately? Here’s why.

How do I know if I have the treats and what should I do with them?

There are no UPC codes or Use By dates to look at when it comes to this recall. It’s anyone’s guess which pig ears are infected, so the CDC warns dog owners to throw away all pig ears found around the house. It’s better to assume they’re all unsafe, for the sake of not just your pup, but for the whole family.

For questions, you can reach the CDC line at (800) 232-4635.

This recall app lets you know ahead of time what to look out for.

How can I help Fido and avoid getting Salmonella myself?

The CDC warns buyers to wash containers, shelves and any other surfaces that came into contact with pig ear treats. Even if your dog isn’t showing signs of illness, don’t give them any pig ears for the time being. If your dog has eaten a pig ear recently or seems under the weather, contact your veterinarian.

The illness can spread to humans if they touched an infected dog or pig ear without washing their hands, so if anyone in your family starts to show symptoms, get to a doctor as soon as you can. Wash your hands thoroughly after touching any dog food or treats and always follow storing instructions. Keep your children away from all dog food and treats, and make sure they’re washing their hands. Here are a few more ways to protect your family from Salmonella.

Laurie Dixon
Having a passion for writing her whole life, Laurie joined the Taste of Home team to bring together her two favorite things—creative writing and food. She spends most of her time playing with her dog, drafting up short stories and, of course, trying out new recipes.