POSTED: Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 8:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Many people think we can't get sick from our pets, but new studies are showing that people can actually contract some pretty dangerous infections from pet food.
Simply feeding your pet in your kitchen could put you or your family at risk.
"You're dealing with an animal product. Most of the food is cooked and that will destroy the salmonella, but if anything is added after the cooking process, like a flavoring than that can increase the chance of a salmonella contamination," explains veterinarian Dr. Ashley Hughes.
In the last two months alone the Food and Drug Administration has reported dozens of pet food recalls.
Most of which were due to possible salmonella contamination, and since October 2011, a total of 15 people have been affected by salmonella linked to dog food, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Five of those people were hospitalized.