There’s nothing we won’t do for our dogs, and that includes getting them their favorite treats. If your dog happens to love Dog Goods USA’s Chef Toby pig ear treats, however, you could be in for a nasty surprise. Some of the pig ear dog treats may have been contaminated with salmonella.
This recall affects Chef Toby branded pig ear dog treats sold at BJ’s Wholesale Club Store all across the US. Interestingly enough, the treats have been linked to more cases of salmonella in humans than illness in dogs! This recall was announced a few weeks ago originally, but has been expanded to include more lot codes. Check Dog Goods USA’s website for a full list of affected lot codes.
Otherwise healthy people who come into contact with salmonella usually don’t get dangerously sick. They may experience symptoms of nausea, abdominal cramping, diarrhea and vomiting. Older people, young children and pregnant women are at the highest risk of serious complications due to salmonella infections.
In pets, symptoms of salmonella infection usually manifest as lethargy, fever, decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. It’s worth noting that even pets infected with salmonella can act as carriers of the bacteria to humans. As such, if your pet shows symptoms of salmonella infection, it’s important that you don’t bring them around children, pregnant women or the elderly.
If you or your pet is showing symptoms of salmonella infection, it’s best practice to visit either your doctor or veterinarian, respectively, for their recommendation on treatment. In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed to handle the infection.
The parent company, Dog Goods USA, has promised an investigation into the matter. They will attempt to ascertain at which point the products were contaminated so they can isolate how this happened.
If you’ve recently purchased any Chef Toby pig ear dog treats, make sure you check the packaging against the list of affected codes. If you’ve got one, do not handle the treats inside and instead return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Any questions can be directed to the company at 786-401-6533, Monday through Friday, 9 to 5.