The majority of pet owners today consider their animals to be part of the family. Though cats have nine lives, some families celebrate their every birthday; though dogs are not supposed to eat from the table, some family dinners aren’t complete until the favored canine licks the plates clean. It comes as no surprise then, that pet health and safety have become primary concerns for households across America.
This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a health warning to alert pet owners that Pig Ears and Beef Hooves pet treats manufactured by Pet Carousel may be contaminated with salmonella. The products were distributed to pet food and retail chain stores nationwide.
While to date, no illnesses associated with the treats have been reported, the FDA notes that the products were manufactured under conditions that facilitate cross-contamination with other batches.
Pets with salmonella may become sluggish and experience fever, vomiting, or abdominal pain. The FDA recommends contacting a veterinarian if these symptoms become apparent, as pets with salmonella can infect other animals or humans.
According to CNN reports, pet insurance plans can cost about $5 to $30 a month for the average healthy pet.