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Paws Up! Pig Ear Dog Treat Recall

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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As of September 29, 2020 —  the supplying company, Masters Best Friend, voluntarily issued a Stop Sale Notice for their brand of pig ear dog treats named “Paws Up!”. These dog treats are contaminated with Salmonella. These products were sold nationally across Canada at Canadian Tire and Save on Foods locations, but have since been pulled off the shelves.

What Dog Food Products Have Been Recalled?

Paws Up – Pig Ear Dog Treats by Masters Best Friend.

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Cause of This Dog Food Recall

The Public Health Agency of Canada is working with Canadian provincial and territorial public health to investigate a recent outbreak of Salmonella infections occurring in the provinces of British Columbia (5), Alberta (2), and Yukon (1).

Based on the findings to date, exposure to pig ear dog treats has been identified as the likely source of the Salmonella outbreak. Some of the individuals who became sick reported feeding their dog Paws Up! before falling ill.

Individuals reported being sick between late February and early August 2020. Three individuals have been hospitalized. In addition, one individual has died from Salmonella poisoning.

What You Need to Know About Salmonella Poisoning

If your pet has a Salmonella infection, they may become lethargic and have fever, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, or vomiting. Some less obvious side effects include: decreased appetite and abdominal pain. If your pet has become infected but is still otherwise healthy they can still be carriers of Salmonella and infect other animals or humans. If you know your pet has consumed the recalled product or is currently experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately. If you have handled the affected dog treats mentioned above, keep an eye out for any of the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning listed below.

Symptoms in humans include:

  • fever
  • chills
  • diarrhea
  • abdominal cramps
  • headache
  • nausea
  • vomiting

People who experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms, or who have an underlying medical condition, should contact their healthcare provider if they suspect they have contracted Salmonella.

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What to do Next

Consumers who have purchased the recalled items mentioned above should stop the use of the product immediately. Wash containers, shelves, and areas that held any pig ear dog treats with hot, soapy water, and be sure to wash your hands after handling any of these storage items. Consumers who have further questions may contact Masters Best Friend 

Telephone: (905) 660-5997

To get in touch with the Canadian Media or Public Health Agency:

Media Contact:

Public Health Agency of CanadaMedia Relations613-957-2983

Public Enquiries:

Call toll-free: 1-866-225-0709Email: info@hc-sc.gc.ca

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Sources used: Public Health Agency of Canada

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