What Are Some Signs of Salmonella in Dogs?


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The most common sign of salmonella in dogs is diarrhea, but signs of septicemia, a systemic bacterial infection, may be present as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fever, vomiting and fatigue are also symptoms of salmonella poisoning. However, dogs often carry salmonella without displaying any symptoms. When salmonella causes illness in dogs, it is usually associated with otherwise sick, injured or young dogs.

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Dogs that exhibit signs of salmonella should be taken to the veterinarian promptly. The veterinarian can confirm the diagnosis of salmonella by taking samples and having the lab analyze them. If a dog tests positive, the veterinarian is likely to prescribe antibiotics. Fluid therapy and hospitalization may be required in serious cases.

Salmonella is a zoonotic disease, which means that humans can transmit it to animals and animals can transmit it to humans. Accordingly, a dog owner should be sure to practice excellent hygiene if her dog is diagnosed with salmonella. Salmonella is transmitted via the fecal-oral route. For example, people may become infected by inadvertently touching their dog’s feces and then touching their mouths. In addition to contracting it from their owners, dogs may acquire salmonella by eating spoiled food or tainted dog food.

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