Dog owners, if you have been waiting to give away your pet's pig ears, US [Century for Disease Control and Prevention] recommends that now is the time. A warning about a multistate salmonella outbreak associated with the goodies has been updated to include all pig ear products.
"A total of 127 people infected with the Salmonella outbreaks have been reported from 33 states," the CDC said in its update Wednesday.
26 people have been hospitalized, and 24 of the diseases have been in children younger than 5. No deaths have been reported.
Animals and their humans can get sick from just handling these goodies or care for a dog that has eaten one.
Symptoms of salmonella infection in humans include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. It may be more difficult to identify the infection in a dog, but look for diarrhea, which can be bloody; slow or tired behavior; and possible vomiting or fever.
The CDC recommends that adults and children wash their hands after playing with or feeding their pet. Owners should discourage their pets from licking human faces after eating or licking open wounds. Pet food should also be stored away from human food to avoid contamination.
The CDC and the US Food and Drug Administration also advise retailers not to sell pork ear pieces.
Companies have recalled pig ear products because of possible contamination.
"Not a single supplier, distributor or common brand of swine ear treatments has been identified that can account for all the diseases. Several products may be remembered as testing identifying Salmonella," the CDC said.