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Pet food and Salmonella

Posted in Cats, Dogs, Salmonella
The recent pet food recall for Salmonella has generated a lot of attention and, encouragingly, more resources containing information about reducing the risk of Salmonella from handling pet foods. One is a video from Drs. Doug Powell and Randy Phebus of Kansas State University, that can be seen by clicking on the image below. Another… Continue Reading

Pet food recall: Salmonella

Posted in Cats, Dogs, Salmonella
Mars Petcare has recalled certain pet foods produced in a plant in Everson, Pennsylvania and sold in several US states. This is being done because two lots of pet food were found to be contaminated with Salmonella Schwarzengrund. This is the same Salmonella strain that was identified during a pet-food associated outbreak of salmonellosis in… Continue Reading

Raw meat feeding revisted, part II: So you want to feed raw meat to your pet…

Posted in Cats, Dogs, Salmonella
Because of the significantly higher rates of shedding of certain potentially harmful bacteria by dogs that are fed raw meat, I think raw meat diets are a bad choice – especially in households with young children, elderly individuals or people with compromised immune systems. However, if you are going to feed raw meat to your pet,… Continue Reading

Raw meat feeding revisited: what are the risks and benefits of raw diets for dogs?

Posted in Dogs, Salmonella
Feeding raw meat diets to dogs is a very controversial issue. Some proponents passionately advocate these diets (e.g. the BARF diet) based on vague and unproven recommendations. Opponents cite various studies showing that pets fed raw meat (not surprisingly) have high carriage rates of potentially harmful bacteria such as Salmonella, and reports of diarrhea or nutritional… Continue Reading

Indoor cats and vitamin D

Posted in Cats
We’ve made statements supporting keeping cats indoors in different posts, and on our Cats fact sheets in the Resources section. There were many reasons for this, including keeping your cat safe from predators and other cats, and reducing the risk of infectious disease exposure. Outdoor cats are much more likely to pick up various infectious… Continue Reading

Salmonella-contaminated pet food

Posted in Dogs, Salmonella
The CDC has released the findings of an investigation of a prolonged multistate outbreak of salmonellosis that was linked to dry dog food in 2006-2007. This outbreak implicated two different dog food brands, both made by the same manufacturer in the same plant in Pennsylvania, as the source of a particular strain of Salmonella Schwarzengrund. … Continue Reading

Information Sheets for Pet Owners

Posted in Birds, Cats, Clostridium difficile, Dogs, MRSA/MRSP, Other diseases, Parasites, Pocket pets, Rabies, Reptiles, Salmonella, Toxoplasmosis
INFORMATION SHEETS FOR PET OWNERS INFORMATION SHEETS specifically for KIDS, for VETERINARIANS, for PHYSICIANS and for PUBLIC HEALTH PERSONNEL are also available on the Worms & Germs RESOURCES page! Click on the highlighted topics below for information sheets. Topics that are not highlighted are in development and coming soon. Sheets for other animal species and diseases are… Continue Reading