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Pet treats…what to look out for

Posted in Dogs
Pet treats are widely used, and for good reason. Treats can be useful training tools, and pets typically like treats (and owners like to make their pets happy). But even something as simple as feeding pets treats carries some risks (and not just to the pet).  Balancing the risks and benefits is the key. For… Continue Reading

Pet treat recalls…how to reduce the risk

Posted in Dogs
Lately there has been a run of pet treat recalls due to Salmonella contamination (with the latest one courtesy of "Diggin’ Your Dog"), but it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Salmonella contamination of raw animal-based pet treats has been reported for years. It’s not just a risk to dogs, since outbreaks of salmonellosis… Continue Reading

Pet treat recall questions

Posted in Dogs
I tend not to write about recalls but the recent, large and expanding pet treat recall has lead to a lot of questions that are worth discussing. At last report, treats manufactured by Kasel Associates Industries Inc from April 20-Sept 19, 2012 were potentially contaminated with Salmonella and recalled.  Not surprisingly, most of the recalled… Continue Reading

Do you know what’s in your dog’s ‘bully stick’?

Posted in Dogs
I mean that two ways. 1) Do you know what a bully stick actually is? 2) Do you know what’s in it? A recent study headed up by Dr. Lisa Freeman, published in this month’s Canadian Veterinary Journal (Freeman et al., CVJ 2013;54:50-54), looked into this by asking people what they thought bully sticks were… Continue Reading

Another pet treat recall

Posted in Dogs
Jones Natural Chews Company has recalled 2705 boxes of pig ear treats because of a "potential" for contamination with Salmonella. The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by the Washington State Department of Agriculture which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Salmonella contamination of raw… Continue Reading

Salmonella in pig ear treats

Posted in Dogs
An Irish study has reported a high rate of Salmonella contamination in pig ear treats. Various earlier studies have identified Salmonella in pig ear treats, and human infections have been associated with contact with such treats. Recommendations for processing and handling of pig ear treats have been made and have hopefully reduced the likelihood of… Continue Reading

Another pet treat recall

Posted in Dogs
Merrick Pet Care has recalled Junior Texas Taffy pet treats because of the potential for contamination with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported but contamination of treats could pose a risk to both pets and owners. Contamination of pet treats is not uncommonly reported, but the overall scope of the problem isn’t well understood. Outbreaks… Continue Reading

Bulk bin rawhides

Posted in Dogs, Salmonella
My daughter’s kindergarten class is having a gingerbread cookie decorating event tomorrow. They’re supposed to bring a guest (in Amy’s case, me) and some items (e.g. candy sprinkles, gummies) to put on the cookies. I was surprised (but impressed) to see a statement asking people to avoid bringing items from bulk bins because of the potential… Continue Reading

Rawhide treat recall: Salmonella

Posted in Dogs, Salmonella
Hartz Mountain Corporation has voluntarily recalled one lot of its chicken-basted rawhide chews for dogs because of potential contamination with Salmonella.  Rawhide treats, as the name suggests, are raw treats that  are literally made from the hide of typically cattle or pigs. The finding of Salmonella in rawhide treats is not particularly surprising, since Salmonella… Continue Reading

Pet treat danger

Posted in Dogs, Salmonella
Pet treats derived from raw animal products such as rawhides and pig ears (yes, pig ear treats are actually dried, raw pig ears) are widely available and commonly fed to pets, particularly dogs. Being a raw product, there is an inherent risk of contamination with potentially harmful bacteria such as Salmonella. In 1999, an outbreak… Continue Reading