Pig ear dog treat recall: What owners need to know

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The Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration are warning people not to buy or feed their dogs Pig ears after another recall of the product.

The latest recall involves Chef Toby Pig Ears distributed by Dog Goods out of Pennsylvania.

At the Health and Harmony Animal Hospital in Grandview, veterinarian Kim West isn't a fan of pig treats for dogs.

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"We recommend that people stay away from pig ears. They really are one of the highest contaminants that we can give our dogs," she said.

Veterinarian Robert Knapp says the transmission of salmonella for a dog treat to humans is pretty simple.

"We handle the treat we pick it up off the floor we take it away from the dog we forget to wash our hands after handling the pet and we go and eat something or touch our face," he says.

According to the CDC, since the last recall July 31, 127 people across 33 states have been infected by pig treats, including five in Ohio.

10TV found some cases in the Lima area, according to zip codes provided by the FDA.

The CDC says dog treats from many different suppliers is the likely source.

Many different strains of salmonella have been detected and no single supplier, distributor or common brand of pig ear treats have been identified.

Dr. Knapp says personal hygiene is the best way to combat the spread of bacteria from your dogs treat to you.

"Common sense tells us to wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands," Knapp said.