Salmonella in Pets

Guest Post: Elliot Harvey’s Natural Health Column:

What is Salmonella? We hear a great deal about Salmonella but what is the true nature of this bacteria?

Salmonella is a genus of rod shaped Gram-negative enterobacteria that causes typhoid fever, paratyphoid fever and foodborne illness.

Salmonella bacteria are the most commonly reported cause of foodborne illness. In order to reduce salmonellosis, a comprehensive farm to table approach to food safety is necessary. Pioneer Natural Pet Foods is one of the factories that utilize a paper trail for all of their products.

The Salmonella family has over 2300 serotypes of bacteria which are one celled organisms, too small to be seen without a microscope.

Pet foods or humans may become contaminated by the unwashed hands of an infected food handler, touching raw food diets or eating a raw food diet. Salmonella can also be found in the feces of animals, especially those with diarrhea.

Salmonella in pets is usually acquired by ingestion of bacteria contaminated foods or drinking bacteria laden water. Salmonella may not affect the taste, smell, or appearance of the food. The bacteria live in the intestinal tract of the infected animals.

Salmonella present on raw meat and poultry could survive if the product is not cooked to a safe minimum temperature of 175 degrees. Some meat infused pet food diets may be having an issue with Salmonella if they are not cooked at high enough temperatures and/or long enough. This may be the reason for so many pet food Salmonella recalls.

The clinical signs of Salmonella are lethargy, fever, weight loss, vomiting, colic, bloody diarrhea, sudden shock or nervous system dysfunction.

There are many strains of Probiotics that can be beneficial for the overall health of your pet. A good book to read is called “The Healthy Wholistic Dog”. There is a full section on intestinal health.

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Do you have have any experience with salmonella in pets? Tell us about it in the comments!

This post was written by Elliot Harvey MH of (Pet Assure customers receive a 15% discount on products at by entering coupon code PA-03.)  Author of “The Healthy Wholistic Dog,” Elliot has years of experience in animal health and wellness. Pet Assure is not affiliated with and does not endorse Great Life Performance Pet Products. Pet Assure is presenting this guest post for the benefit of its readers and retains no financial interest in any future transactions.

Elliot Harvey

About Elliot Harvey

Elliott Harvey MH is the author of the natural healing book "The Healthy Wholistic Dog." He founded Great Life Performance Pet Products in 1996 to provide quality pet products based on nutritional and field studies. Elliott is a contributing writer for Animal Wellness Magazine and a consultant to Pet Product News. He utilizes his experience in natural health and wellness to write for Pet Assure on a monthly basis.

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