08 June 2011

Pet food company recalls pig ear chews due to possible salmonella contamination

Vegan dog owners who have a difficult time giving their pets obvious animal parts as “dog chewies” now have confirmation that it’s a completely bad idea anyhow. Bravo brand pig ear chews were recalled a few weeks ago because of the potential for salmonella contamination. The recall affects only the “oven roasted” 50 count mega bag which is a disgusting visual all by itself but it’s not only man’s best friend who might suffer from the outbreak.

The Bravo people maintain that “healthy people” as in healthy dog owners should be just fine handling the pig ears but could show signs of nausea, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Not so healthy people could find themselves with more serious ailments such as arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation or urinary tract infections.

Pets that have eaten the pig ears might show some of the same symptoms as their human owners or just have decreased appetite, fever or abdominal pain. They can also carry the salmonella and infect other pets and even humans. Bravo hasn’t received any complaints yet but put out the recall after the Washington State Department of Agriculture found the bacteria in a random sample of the pig ears distributed between January 1 and February 28 to the east and west coasts.

We realize that dogs are omnivores but seriously, Mother Hubbard brand makes a great organic peanut butter dog chew that probably won’t send you to the hospital after opening the bag.

Kathryn Lorusso
Kathryn is a former journalist and English teacher who now counsels and mediates teenage drama on a daily basis in the Dallas, Ft. Worth metroplex. Time away from school is spent cooking up new macrobiotic/vegan specialties, writing various blogs and newsletters and taking as many bikram yoga classes as possible.

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