Research – Dogs and Germs

Food Poisoning News

Though many may not realize it, pets can make people ill too. These illnesses can be transferred from the dog to its loving owner (or “caretaker”) and can range from something as minor as a skin infection to a more major life-threatening illness. One illness that dogs can carry is Salmonella. Salmonella is most widely known as a typical foodborne illness that can cause several symptoms. But dogs can acquire salmonella (or many other types of bacteria) by playing in the yard, where wild animals have been. They then bring it inside and spread it around. Soon, caretakers are suffering the symptoms of salmonellosis, which include fever, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. Though most people are able to recover on their own, some require hospitalization.

The source of the salmonella in these cases is rarely identified.

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