How are Salmonella infections diagnosed and treated in dogs, cats, and other animals?
See your veterinarian. A veterinary examination and laboratory tests can be used to diagnose Salmonella infection in animals. Salmonella infections may require prompt treatment with supportive care and fluids. Treatment of Salmonella infections with antibiotics may be necessary for severe cases and hospitalization in a veterinary clinic may be required. Your pet’s veterinarian is the best source of advice on your pet’s health.
What pet food has been recalled?
Multiple brands of dry pet food produced by Diamond Pet Foods at a single manufacturing facility in Gaston, South Carolina have been linked with human illnesses. Diamond Pet Foods has expanded its recall of some brands of dry dog and cat food manufactured in this facility.
More information on the recalled products, including production codes, and distribution information, can be found on:
What to Feed for Safety
You are what you eat applies to pets just as much as it does to people. After the pet food recall of 2007, many pet owners decided to become do-it-yourself feeders and home cook for their pets.
The veterinary community cautions pet owners about home cooking food and especially raw diets for two reasons. First, it’s very difficult to create a nutritionally sound diet for your pet on a sustained basis. Only with a sound recipe from a vet nutritionist can it be done successfully, and can be particularly helpful for pets with therapeutic dietary needs.
Second is the fear of food contamination, and salmonella is a real danger more for people (especially kids and immune compromised folks) than for pets. Safe handling of food is a must even with people food, though. The fear has been that widespread home cooking and/or raw feeding could result in an outbreak of salmonella.
More and more, though, commercial diets and treats have been recalled due to concern for contamination with salmonella during processing. The increase is suspected to be due to increased public awareness, expanded surveillance, and early reporting. Responsible pet food companies broadcast announcements about any suspect batches of food to warn pet owners, and recall specific products that may be implicated. As a responsible puppy owner, learn about the signs of the disease and how you can best protect your puppy—and yourself—from the illness.