The “S” word
Now do we have your attention? Yes, I said ‘deadly’.
When a person comes in contact with and is infected with Salmonella, they can suffer from fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping. This usually lasts between 4 to 7 days and most of the time people recover without medical treatment. In some cases, however, if the diarrhea is severe the person may need to be hospitalized and put on antibiotics. In some cases, people have died from complications of Salmonellosis.
What about my pets?
Our pets don’t always show symptoms when they are infected with Salmonella – but some signs to watch for would be:
- not eating
- diarrhea (or bloody diarrhea)
- lethargy or lower-than-normal activity level
Our pets can carry and pass Salmonella bacteria to their human family without ever showing any symptoms that they have the illness….scary, huh?
What can we do?
Some key ways to prevent the bacteria from being spread is to clean, clean, clean! Wash your hands regularly (especially after handling food of any kind – pet or human). Clean your pets bowls after every use. Keep your yard picked up (dog waste, garbage, etc.). Lastly, keep up to date on the latest pet food recalls – here is a link to the FDA’s recall page