Recall of Pig Ear Pet Treats

Central Veterinary Associates, P.C. is alerting pet owners about a recall of three brands of pig ear dog treats because they may be contaminated with salmonella.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced that Diggers Natural Treat Pig Ear pet treats distributed by Boss Pet Products, Inc. between November 2010 and April 2011 could be contaminated with salmonella after it was reported a dog in Missouri was sickened with salmonella. The treats were distributed in Alabama, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Washington. The treats were packaged in 2-, 4-, and 8-pack bags as well as bulk boxes of 50 and 100 treats.

The recalled product was sold in the following package sizes:

• Bulk Pig Ears in boxes of 100 (UPC # 0-72929-00038-6)
• Bulk Pig Ears Shrink wrapped in boxes of 50 (UPC # 0-72929-99504-0)
• 2-Pack Bags shipped in cases of 12 bags (UPC #0-72929-99504-0)
• 4-Pack Bags shipped in cases of 12 bags (UPC #0-72929-00227-4)
• 8-Pack Bags shipped in cases of 12 bags (UPC #0-72929-99584-2)

Pets with salmonella may become lethargic and have severe diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets will have only a decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Pets that are infected but otherwise healthy can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

People infected with salmonella can have the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, severe diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms.

If your pet shows signs of any of these symptoms, please bring in your pet immediately. Central Veterinary Associates’ Valley Stream facility has a hospital that is open around the clock, 365 days a year, with a veterinarian always on duty in its emergency room. Central Veterinary Associates also urges any pet owners who have bought any of these recalled products to return them to the store.”

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