Salmonella is the most common intestinal disease in dogs and, if left untreated, can, in the worst case scenario, lead to both a chronic health problem and blood poisoning in dogs. In addition, if an infection with Salmonella occurs, there is always the risk that the owner will also become infected with these intestinal parasites. But if certain hygiene rules are adhered to and a veterinarian takes care of the matter, the intestinal disease usually progresses mildly. How does salmonella appear in dogs, how do dogs become infected and what can the owner do to prevent their animal from becoming infected with salmonella? The answers follow in this article.
Infection with salmonella through raw food
Salmonella are bacteria that are particularly common in raw poultry meat and also in raw eggs. If the dog is often fed raw poultry and raw eggs, the risk of infection with salmonella increases. A weakened dog’s immune system increases the risk of salmonella even further, as the dog’s body is unable to act against salmonella on its own due to its weak immune system.
The symptoms of salmonella in dogs
The symptoms of a salmonella infection can vary widely, but the intestinal parasites in dogs usually cause vomiting, fever, diarrhea or constipation and, over time, the animal’s weight loss. In addition, the constant vomiting and diarrhea can also cause symptoms of dehydration in the affected animals.
How is salmonella treated in dogs?
First and foremost, the dog must be given an appropriate antibiotic that is effective against Salmonella; in particularly severe cases of Salmonella infection, the veterinarian will also use infusions. It is also important to stop the animals’ diarrhea so that there is no further loss of nutrients or fluids. The dog owner should observe strict hygiene regulations so that the salmonella is not transmitted to people. You can get all the information you need from your vet.
What can dog owners do to prevent salmonella?
Unfortunately, there is no comprehensive protection against salmonella, but dog food, especially poultry and eggs, should always be heated well before feeding in order to kill the salmonella. It is also advisable not to leave leftover food that the dog does not eat straight away for too long and to dispose of it. Strengthening the dog’s natural defenses can also make a significant contribution to prophylaxis against salmonella.
We can recommend regular administration of colostrum. It contains many proteins, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to strengthen the dog’s immune system. Further information can be found in the product description: DOG FIT by PreThis® VITAL immun.
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