Can Pet Food Poison Your Kids? (VIDEO)

A new study suggests kids can get salmonella poisoning by handling dry pet food. The salmonella, which can get on the surface of the pet food pellets while still in the factory, can live on the pellets for months.  

Dogs and cats don’t usually show symptoms when they are sick from salmonella. But the 2006 – 2008 salmonella outbreak sickened 79 individuals and about half of them were under two years of age. 

Washing your hands is key, but shouldn’t we be focused on eliminating the salmonella altogether?!

Photo credit: thanks to MShades via flickr

50 comments

Adz Adz
Adz Adz5 years ago

good to know

Christine F.

small children and pet food/dishes etc should not get together. Even when the pet dish is has just been thoroughly cleaned - if the house rule is "don't touch" then just stick to that. It's easier for wee kiddies to learn without having to cope with any exceptions.

Gita Sasi Dharan
Gita Sasi Dharan5 years ago

Thanks for the information.

Erin R.
Erin R.5 years ago

Noted with thanks!

Charley S.
Charley Sullivan5 years ago

I don't have kids but if I did I would not feed them cat food. Thank you.

Marlyn Vega
Marlyn Vega5 years ago

interesting article

Melinda M.
Past Member 5 years ago

I will be more cautious with my daughter and the pet food containers and products.

Susan S.
Susan S.5 years ago

Cats are very finicky eaters, and I often notice that our cats reject the food altogether. They have a keen sense of smell, and may know something that we don't about the food. I always try to feed fresh food, and avoid it becoming contaminated just by sitting in the bowl (after they eat some the bacteria from their mouths is likely in the food and can grow). Also, I buy smaller bags. They are terrible with wet food and usually only eat a few bites and then reject it - why I continue to feed it to them since it seems like a tremendous waste is something I may never figure out. Thanks for this article.

Linda M.
Linda M.5 years ago

Thanks for the article!

Michel P.
Past Member 5 years ago

Noted