Recognizing Salmonella in Pets

It seems that the risk of Salmonella is one of the more common reasons for pet food and treat recalls. Anyone who has ever had Salmonella themselves know that this is an extremely unpleasant experience. Pet food contaminated with Salmonella can infect your pets as well as yourself, just through handling.

Here’s what the US Food and Drug Administration says about recognizing Salmonella infection in your pets:

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately.

To keep yourself healthy, always make it a habit to wash your hands after handling your pet’s food, treats, and chews. If you think you might be infected with Salmonella yourself, watch for the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

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About Paris Permenter

Paris Permenter is the founder and co-publisher of LT Media Group LLC. Along with her husband, John Bigley, she edits,, and has authored over 30 books on pets and travel.

  • Really useful info – thank you for posting it!