Pig Ear Treats Causing Disease in People and Dogs

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The FDA recently released a new warning about Salmonella and Dog Pig Ear treats. Should you be concerned or not? Dr Jones tells you what you need to know..

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  1. Sweet Caroline Pa Pa Pa on September 15, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    I’ve made my own. I’ve washed them good, boiled for a good 20 min with little salt and it took me almost 3 days to dehydrate them with some breaks in between (I won’t do it again in the summer, tooooo hot). My dog loves them.

  2. Deidra Blevins on September 15, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    Im so thankful for you and your channel I just found you tonight I’m watching many of your videos and learning.. I recently lost my beloved baby of 16 years. I blame these horrible money grubbing vets that overlooked and misdiagnosed him. Ty for caring and telling the truth

  3. King Katura on September 15, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    I mean of course its a friggin pig ear. But don’t feed a animal that was made originaly eating raw food, is just absurd. Their immune systems are more made to handle such things than ours. But of course dogs for instance may have adapted to not raw food but i have never seen a issue with any of these things. but why do dogs like pig ears so much is what i have wondered.

  4. Remy, Lily and Momma too on September 15, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    When I had a Labrador I didn’t give him treats like pig ears nor rawhide. His Vet said they weren’t good to give to dogs.

  5. Betty Thomas on September 15, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    Thanks for important information ๐Ÿ’•

  6. Michelle on September 15, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    Can I ask you the same question I asked my Dog’s Vet….. why are Vet’s not Vegan? I asked my Vet if he knows many Vet’s that are Vegan and he said none! I always assumed people become Vets because they love Animal’s? Does that mean, when chosing a career, many Vet’s chose it for the financial gain then? My Vet is really nice and takes in consideration my Dogs ill health, old age and my very poor financial situation yet, his Boss, who own the business and is a Vet, have lied to me about $10K operations my Dog doesn’t need and over selling medication for 6 Months in advance when they know he has a terminal illness! If it wasn’t for the fact that the young Vet quietly telling me that my Dog doesn’t need a $10K operation, the owner of the business would be emotionally draining me of money for her own personal gain and making me go into severe debt for years! Is this illegal? Is there someone you can make a formal complaint to?

  7. Fireman Larry on September 15, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    I quit giving those to my Dobie’s year’s ago, not for the threat of Salmonella poisoning. But because when she’d chew them down, the ears would remain rigid and contain jagged edges. They’d become lodged between her teeth and gums or even worse,, she’d swallow it. Often times the edge’s caused small lacerations too.
    Places like Petsmart, quit selling those products for a long time ago when they were individually wrapped, it’s pretty surprising that they’re on the shelves again…

  8. im annonymous on September 15, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    I realized very quick that this was tru

  9. ANGEL WINGS on September 15, 2021 at 1:13 pm


  10. Louise Owen on September 15, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    My dog had a bacterial infection, was given antibiotics, fluids, which was very expensive. A pig ear was the cause . RAPPED in my blanket was a size of a quarter piece of pig ear . I could smell something but couldn’t find , my son did, he picked it up and smelt it. It was so bad he felt like vomiting, and gagged. It was there two days . You would of thought an animal died from a decomposed animal. Never, never again did I buy a pig for him . It looked like they were stained. That was 7 yrs ago , who would think it would take all that time to be discovered. God Bless the Lords creatures!!

  11. J. Vigeant on September 15, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    They stink too. Today is my Shannon’s 13th birthday, shes having an extra salmon strip because I forgot to order doggy cupcakes. Its ME that forgetting bothers, shes my girl.

  12. Wanda Arganbright on September 15, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    Home made venison jerky is my what my dogs get for a really special treat.

  13. Druma on September 15, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    I would love better advice regarding vegan diets for dogs. Bramble was he oldest vegan dog. Now I have made a strong connection with pigs and can see what they are capable of, its really upsetting to be feeding dog ears to dogs. ๐Ÿ™

  14. Beau Bo on September 15, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    Dr. Jones, I use to routinely give my dogs pig ears until the episode of one day. On that day I had given my Black Lab, Trooper, his pig ear & turned my back to do dishes. I suddenly became aware of a problem and turned around to see Trooper silently gagging/choking. I rushed to his aid by straddling his back & wrapping my arms under his chest as he slowly began collapsing. I opened his mouth to find a soggy full pig ear deep in his throat. Luckily I was able to reach enough of it to pull it out before he fully collapsed & gently pumped his chest for a full recovery. I think what alerted me was the absence of the sound of Trooper chewing his pig ear. I threw out a box of nearly 50 pig ears & never trusted to give again. Also, my dogs love riding in the car with me & I lower their window a bit to let them taste the air w/their nose. Iโ€™m always amazed by the well intentioned but ignorant practice of dog owners who with window fully down allow their pets to fully extend their faces to the wind & the VERY real danger of road debris striking the eyes. Maybe you could occasionally reference it in one of your videos! Rich

  15. TheMightyQuinn on September 15, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    I never give my dogs anything made in China, pig ears and rawhide

  16. Valerie Shepherd on September 15, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    I got salmonella from calfs I was weining… near bloody killed me.

  17. marsack7 on September 15, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    Buy all food. Keep it for a month before feeding it. This will give the companies time to find out about a recall. We will find out in time.

  18. Bee O'D on September 15, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    They say a UV light kills bacteria simanella etc they have a wand type and and one to use in water. Whats your thoughts on it? Of course you don’t put on skin or look at it just wave over the area your cleaning.

  19. Kathy Accomando on September 15, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    Never used them. Never will.Thank you once again for your kind and loving videos.

  20. Marilyn on September 15, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    Tula is smart and has great taste!

  21. Jackie Marsh on September 15, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    Wow!! That really is a Scare!! I don’t give my Dogs Those, but for those who Do, That Should Really be Looked into To See how it Could Harm Them!! And US Too!! Thank You for This Extremely Important Information!! Thank You as Always for a Perfect Video!!

  22. John Rapp on September 15, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    My dog got pancreatitis from a pig ear and has struggled ever since on and off. Now he has prostrate cancer maybe caused by the bowel issue and bacteria from these bouts.

  23. TNToncourt on September 15, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    Hmmm it’s unlucky to have peacock feathers indoors.

  24. Catherine Elaine Baxter on September 15, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    Such a cute ‘duo’ I have to say. And look at those innocent eyes at the end of your video. Tula says ‘Dad my life is in your hands.’
    But honestly, she is not sold on those pig ears. She knows exactly what is good for her, and especially those special treats dad made for her.
    Doc, talking about treats, I have a question for you. I make treats for my dogs with bonemeal and other ingredients which I bake, cut into bite-size square and freeze. I give them 2 squares a day. Is that acceptable would you say? They absolutely love them and can’t wait for treat time every day.
    Thank you for your videos. I absolutely watching them. Elaine from South Africa ๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿพ

  25. Official FedProj on September 15, 2021 at 1:39 pm


  26. eyemall ears on September 15, 2021 at 1:40 pm


  27. chinookvalley on September 15, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    If heat (350*F) kills salmonella why not put them in the oven for an appropriate period (don’t know) to kill the bacteria? We used to raise pigs and retrieve the pig ears and cook them ourselves and didn’t have any problems. I do this with most of my dog’s treats, just to ensure that all possible viruses, bacteria, and molds are avoided. This morning they brought me an old prairie dog carcass. Yech. They must have strong gut health…

  28. K May on September 15, 2021 at 1:43 pm


  29. patriot teacher on September 15, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Am a new subscriber…what a breath of fresh air!

  30. Dan S on September 15, 2021 at 1:44 pm


  31. Sheila Allen on September 15, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    I bought pig ears for my dog and she ignored them never ate one guessing it was a blessing

  32. Dbirdey Capozzi on September 15, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks so much Doc Andrew for being here!
    Bob&Razzle&I love ya๐Ÿ’•

  33. Lucina Famuleras on September 15, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    My dog got cough please help me to treat my dog.. I love dog ..sir

  34. Colin Lyne on September 15, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    What is your opinion on Bravecto ( and co!) please?

  35. Marla Robinson on September 15, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Is it healthier to feed a dog raw food versus cooked food? Is there a benefit to feeding raw?

  36. Mary Lindsey on September 15, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    My dogs get raw veggies for snacks

  37. Rose on September 15, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Don’t know why some say, "sweatin’ like a pig!" Since pigs do not sweat, as I’m sure U know. The poisons collect in the fat and reside there. Nope,no sweating out. We don’t do pork. So many other meats available, if meat is what one wants

  38. Mama Bear on September 15, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    I take everything the FDA says with a grain of salt. Look at all the products they say are okay that have horrid side effects a mile long. They are too tied up with big pharma and big pet food companies and big food conglomerates. They instill so much fear about salmonella, yet they say it is okay to use toxic flea and tick drugs. Dogs eat poop and do not get sick. What kind of bacteria is in that?

  39. Laura's Life Dog Training & Dog Vlogs on September 15, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    I never ever feed any form of Pork. Use Rabbit ears with fur on. Great protein and good for sensitive tummies.The Raw food I feed is all tested scientifically and is human grade .Thanks Dr Jones ; )

  40. Cat Zulver on September 15, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    you must have straaaaange pigs in the USA… for 20 years all my dogs get pigs ears around two times a week. never had problems with those. i cut back on them because they are getting expensive. they get so expensive because teh CHINESE actually buy most of them for their human consumption. apparently it’s a snack for people in China. and as we all know, the number of people is definitely not declining in China.

  41. Lorraine Wheeler on September 15, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    thank you dr jones i was feeding my dog pig ears for a treat once in awhile they had one today and they love them poor girls will have to find them something eles

  42. Lizzymoore54 on September 15, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    I feed my dog raw 80/20 hamburger quite a bit as a treat and they love it! It has been frozen and is sometimes semi-frozen when I serve it to them. So far no one has gotten ill, me nor my three dogs. I also know that the minimal amount of ground bone within the hamburger strengthens their stomachs. They also get canned salmon, on a regular basis as well as canned chicken with their kibble once a day. Their other beloved treats are chlorophyll chews and green multi-vegetable/ fruit tablets that contain broccoli, cauliflower, blueberries and several other veggies and fruits. So far, so good and my oldest is a 14 year old Liver Spot Pointer! All house dogs but have the run of an acre property. Great video, Dr. Jones.

  43. ReSa Chase on September 15, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Thank you doctor, i have occasionally but I’ll STOP now. HAVE a blessed day

  44. Kristin Rutherford on September 15, 2021 at 1:55 pm


  45. helpfulnatural on September 15, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    Do people not wash their hands after feeding their pets?? Handling raw meat to prepare your own meal carries the same risk. WASH YOUR HANDS AND ANY WORK SURFACE THAT WAS EXPOSED. I never buy pig ears or rawhides. Our first dog, a chocolate lab choked on a rawhide bone that he had softened up from chewing and a huge piece of it slid down his throat. Thankfully he threw it up in the backseat of my car while rushing to the vet. Never, ever again.

  46. Foxyl8e on September 15, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    Does this imply all country’s are bad or just USA. I feed my 6mth pup cut strips of ears for teething few times week, now wondering what you could replace with? Any suggestions anyone? Thanks from NZD

  47. Rainbow Citizen on September 15, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    I want your book.

  48. Pat Farina on September 15, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    Hey, Dr Jones. I also feed raw. However.. you need to research more about freezing food. Freezing does NOT kill bacteria. Only holds them in basically a "suspended animation" … as they thaw, the bacteria can actually multiply. Only heating to a proper temperate will actually kill bacteria, and only if the bacteria is heat sensitive. (ie botulism is heat resistant … very difficult to kill even with heat.)

  49. Hue Janus on September 15, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    Almost 50 years of owning dogs and have only bought those once. Ended up throwing most of them out.

  50. paul young on September 15, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Very loose stools fro pig ears….90% time

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