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Maybe your beloved pet’s food is contaminated or maybe your pet simply raided the kitchen trash. Whatever the case, they may have been exposed to salmonella. Learn how to recognize the symptoms of salmonella poisoning in your pet with these steps.
Salmonella poisoning in pets can be deadly. If you suspect your pet has salmonella poisoning, call your veterinarian.
Step 1: Examine your pet’s stool
Examine your pet’s stool. The number one symptom of salmonella poisoning in pets is diarrhea. If your pet has diarrhea or blood in their stool, they may have been exposed to salmonella.
Pets can transfer salmonella poisoning to their owners. Wash your hands with soap and water after contact with animal feces.
Step 2: Check for a fever
Check your pet’s temperature. A common symptom of pet salmonella poisoning is a fever. Some signs of a fever are a dry nose, shivering, and less frequent urination.
Ear thermometers for pets are available at most pet supply stores.
Step 3: Check the food bowl
Check your pet’s food bowl. If your pet is not eating a normal amount of food they could have salmonella poisoning. Loss of appetite is a common symptom.
Step 4: Pay attention to energy level
Pay attention to your pet’s energy level. Another symptom of salmonella poisoning in pets is lethargy. If your pet seems abnormally tired or lazy, you may need to pay a visit to your veterinarian to get your special friend back on track.
Did You Know?
Between 2006 and 2008, more than 135 pet products were recalled as a result of salmonella contamination.