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Salmon Poisoning in Dogs

 

Metpet.com Staff Writer

The fluke Nanophyetus salmincola is host to a rickettsia (a microorganism) called Neorickettsia helminthoeca that can cause a disease commonly known as salmon poisoning disease (SPD).  The organism develops in snails (Oxytrema plicifer), infect and develop into cysts in fish, are ingested by dogs where they infect the intestinal tract.  The dogs excrete eggs in their stool, the organism reenters the water, infects snails and the cycle begins again. 

SNAIL ==>  FISH  ===>   DOG ===> SNAIL

This microorganism is found in salmon, steelhead, trout, Pacific giant salamanders and fresh water fish found in and around the Pacific Ocean from Northern California to Seattle.  The geographical limitations are likely caused by the limited habitats of infected snails.  

The onset of symptoms is usually sudden, usually 5-7 days after ingestion but can be delayed up to a month.  Symptoms last for 7-10 days and can be fatal in a majority (up to 90%)of untreated dogs. The dog's temperature can peak suddenly and then return to normal or even below normal.  There can be severe and bloody diarrhea, dehydration, severe weight loss and complete loss of appetite.   Symptoms can look like parvo or distemper.  Diagnosis is made by finding fluke eggs in the stool. 

Death is generally caused by the toll the symptoms take on the dog's body.  These include electrolyte imbalance, anemia and dehydration.   Treatments include hydration and nutrition, blood transfusions as well as antibiotics and related medications prescribed by a veterinarian.  Dogs that have been infected and recovered can develop an immunity. 

This potentially fatal disease can be prevented by not feeding raw or partially cooked (possibly even cold-smoked) fish to your dog.   Since fish can also have tiny bones that can become lodged in your dog's throat or intestinal tract, it may be best to avoid fresh fish altogether. 

 
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