There are over 2,000 different strains of salmonella (salmonellosis). Affecting mammals and reptiles, the common bacterial infection can affect nearly every type of pet. Salmonella usually affects the gastrointestinal tract after it settles in the lymph nodes and drops down into the intestines. It is a zoonotic disease so humans are highly capable of contracting the infection from their pets. Sources of salmonella include natural pet treats such as rawhide or pig ears, raw pet food, or the feces of an infected animal. Bacteria is shed in the feces of a previously infected animal for months after it seems to have resolved, so humans and other animals can still become infected even if it appears that a pet is no longer contagious.

Pets and pet owners who are most at risk are those with weakened or underdeveloped immune systems, namely the very young or very old. Also, pets taking antibiotics or pets with weakened gastrointestinal systems are at an increased risk.

Symptoms indicative of salmonella 

  • Abdominal pain. 
  • Dehydration. 
  • Diarrhea. 
  • Fever. 
  • Lack of appetite. 
  • Lethargy.
  • Rapid heart rate. 
  • Skin disease. 
  • Vomiting.
  • Weight loss.

Diagnosing and treating salmonella

The veterinarian will perform a complete diagnostic evaluation, collecting urine and fecal samples for laboratory analysis. Depending on the severity of your pet’s circumstances, blood cultures may also be collected. The laboratory analysis will identify the bacteria present in your pet’s stool sample and will also determine if there are any intestinal parasites that are causing any of the symptoms your pet is exhibiting.

In less severe cases, salmonella is treated by feeding a pet bland food that is easily digested, while increasing their water intake. If symptoms persist, or if pet waste becomes excessively foul smelling or bloody, seek veterinary care immediately. Pets with severe cases of salmonella will need to be prescribed antibiotics. Extra care should be taken when cleaning up after a contaminated pet to ensure that you do not become infected.

If you have any questions about salmonella or think your pet may have an infection, please contact our office.


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We took our 5 month old puppy in to get neutered today and had a great experience. They educate you on expenses without making you feel guilty if you decide against extra options. We were able to pick him up 5 hours after dropping him off which was also amazing. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a vet.

Chelsea G.'s

Dr. Genova has been my 4 legged daughter's doctor for her whole life (10 years). He is very personable, informative and kind. I seriously cannot say enough positive things about him.. Why else would I trust him to take care of my baby girl?

The rest of the staff is also very kind. Most of them have changed throughout the years but one thing that hasn't is that you can immediately tell how much they all love animals.

This is definitely one of this places that I wish I could give more than 5 stars to.

John L.

We had our first experience at Village at Main Veterinary Hospital today and I couldn't wait to write a review because of how pleased I was with the entire staff and environment. I arrived way early for my appointment but they took me anyway since it was open with no problem at all. As soon as we walked in the door my puppy and I were greeted with smiles and even staff that didn't run the counter came out and greeted and loved on my puppy as well which really put her at ease. Every staff member acknowledged our presence at some point. We were taken back to an exam room and we saw Dr. Tran who was warm and loving toward my puppy, she really took her time and you could easily see that she loves what she does. Dr. Tran covered all of my questions I had planned to ask as well as asked if I had any others. I would highly recommend this clinic to anybody who has had a bad experience at another clinic because it will totally make up for it as it did in our case. Thank you so much again for making us feel right at home and loving what you guys do, I will continue to drive 30 minutes just to have my pooch continue to see you guys :)

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