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Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Tennessee Infections Linked to Peanut Butter (Final Update)

This outbreak appears to be over. However, Salmonella is an important cause of human illness in the United States. More information about Salmonella, and steps people can take to reduce their risk of infection, can be found on the CDC Salmonella Web Page.

Questions and Answers Related to this Outbreak and Pets

How do I know if my dog or cat has Salmonella related to this outbreak?

If you have fed your dog or cat Peter Pan/Great Value peanut butter with the product code “2111” stamped on the lid, please look for the following signs. Dogs and cats that become ill from Salmonella generally will have diarrhea that may contain blood or mucus and fever. Affected animals may seem more tired than usual, and may have vomiting. Some cats do not have diarrhea, but will have a decreased appetite, fever, and excess salivation. 

If your dog or cat has these signs, please contact your veterinarian. Do not feed anymore of the above mentioned peanut butter to your pet. Throw away the peanut butter.

How are Salmonella infections diagnosed and treated in dogs and cats?

A stool sample can be tested to diagnose Salmonellosis along with oral cavity swabs and identification of the organism in blood. Salmonella infections require prompt treatment with supportive care and fluids. Treatment of Salmonellosis with antibiotics is necessary for severe cases.

What can I do to prevent the spread of Salmonella from my pets?

Salmonella can be shed in the stool of pets for 4-6 weeks after infection. If your pet is diagnosed with Salmonella, please talk to your veterinarian about taking precautions to minimize spread of the germ. Be careful to pick up stool and dispose of properly. Wash your hands after petting and cleaning up after your pet, particularly before eating or preparing food.  A mild bleach solution can be used to clean areas that may be contaminated with Salmonella.

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