Salmonella Poisoning in Dogs
- Salmonella poisoning is caused by any strain of Salmonella bacteria.
- Dogs often get the Salmonella strains from raw meat, half cooked meat, or any improperly cooked meat. Raw or half cooked bones could also carry strains, so stop giving dogs uncooked food.
- Raw eggs as well as uncooked or half-cooked chicken can also carry Salmonella strains.
- The garbage bin is the breeding ground of many Salmonella strains. Keep the dog away from the garbage bins.
- The rule of thumb is that dogs should not be given raw, undercooked, or rotting food.
- Bird feeders can also contain droppings/feces from birds infected with Salmonella. If the dog has access to the feeders, he could contract the bacteria from there.
Salmonella Poisoning in Dogs Symptoms
Symptoms vary but owners should watch out for the following:
- Fever and lack of energy.
- Diarrhea and vomiting are among the most common signs of food poisoning – by Salmonella bacteria or other microorganisms.
- Because the dog has diarrhea, dehydration is quite possible.
- The dog would also have no interest in food.
- General lethargy and malaise are also possible.
Salmonella in Dogs Treatment
- Antibiotics are the most common medications used to treat Salmonella poisoning. However, owners should not expect that their dogs become well immediately. It could actually take weeks before the ailment is treated completely, especially if the infection/poisoning was severe.
- Dogs might also need to be hospitalized if they are severely dehydrated and severely poisoned.
How to Treat Salmonella in Dogs
- Dog owners must know how to treat Salmonella poisoning or they should bring the dog immediately to a vet.