Kids May Have Gotten Salmonella from Their Dogs' Bowls

It’s hard enough keeping track of the recalls and contamination scares that directly affect our kids -- the salmonella-laced spinach of months past, the dangerous drop-side cribs that iVillage has been reporting on, and the recent recall of children’s medicine. But now, kids may be getting sick because of something bought for the family pets -- salmonella-tainted dog and cat food. There were 79 cases of salmonella infection, mostly in kids, reported in 2006 through 2008, that could be linked to the tainted dry dog and cat food. The scariest part? This is without the kids even eating the kibble (something plenty of tots, I hear, have done). Just by handling the food, the dog’s dish, or even petting the pooch, your child could pick up salmonella, says the FDA. (Apparently, there haven’t been any reports of contaminated cases of wet, canned food.)

Luckily, no cases of salmonella in pet food have been reported since 2008, so you don't need to worry about the bag of kibble you picked up at the store last week. But while my youngest, Maggie, is fascinated with feeding the dog, I'm still not going to let her do it herself. And now, after hearing this report, I'm going to be even more vigilant about handwashing.

In the future, I guess it's not just kids' and baby product recalls we need to watch out for -- it's the ones that affect the four-legged members of our families, too.

What's the weirdest thing your kid has put in his mouth? Chime in below!

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