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Songbird Salmonella in Sonoma

Posted in Cats
This story’s a couple of weeks old, but Sonoma County (California) residents have been warned about an outbreak of salmonellosis in songbirds. Outbreaks of salmonellosis occur occasionally in songbirds such as finches, and can result is lots of sick and dead birds. There are also risks to other species, including cats and people. Why cats?… Continue Reading

Turtles, Santa and pre-Christmas returns

Posted in Reptiles
I received an email from a relative the other day with a pet question. I get lots of these, but the surprising part is this relative doesn’t have any pets (and I think is generally of the opinion that pets are okay, as long as they’re not hers). She was asking about turtles. As a… Continue Reading

Biohazardous hedgehogs

Posted in Pocket pets
When I give talks about pet therapy animals, I talk about appropriate and inappropriate animals. On one slide I have a picture of a hedgehog, and I use it as an example of an animal that sometimes makes its way into pet therapy programs, despite standard guidelines to the contrary.  This is a species that raises… Continue Reading

Salmonella in zoo education reptiles

Posted in Reptiles
There was a picture in the weekend edition of the Guelph Tribune of a 3-year-old girl with a large python wrapped around her as part of a nature show put on by the Guelph Lake Nature Centre. While I’m certain I’ll face more wrath from the keep-reptiles-in-schools group that is currently bashing me on the… Continue Reading

Reptile rage

Posted in Reptiles
I get a lot of emails about this blog. Some are complementary, some… well… not so much. When it comes to the latter group, the most common (and often the most grammatically-challenged) group is raw meat feeders. They’re a constant source of interesting comments about my intelligence and other aspects of my life. Some actually provide… Continue Reading

African Dwarf Frogs info sheet

Posted in Other animals
In response to Salmonella outbreaks linked to these critters, their popularity as pets for young kids, and efforts to ban them in some areas, we’ve developed an info sheet regarding African Dwarf Frogs. As with our other info sheets, it discusses the good and bad points of owning these little guys, things to consider when… Continue Reading

Yes, dogs can get salmonellosis

Posted in Dogs
Let me say it again… yes, dogs can get salmonellosis. …and in French, oui, les chiens peuvent devenir malades de salmonellose (hope that’s close) …and in Swahili, ndiyo, mbwa anaweza kuwa na wagonjwa salmonellosis (thank Google Translate for that one). What prompted my recurrent ‘yes dogs can get Salmonella rant’? Another fluff piece on feeding… Continue Reading

African Dwarf frog ban in Markham, Ontario

Posted in Other animals
Markham, Ontario’s city council has passed a bylaw prohibiting the keeping of African Dwarf frogs. While in reality more of a ban on the sale of frogs in the city (since I doubt there will be any effort to search for contraband frogs in households), and perhaps of somewhat limited impact because of the availability of… Continue Reading

Elementary school reptile club: good, bad or ugly

Posted in Reptiles
Today’s Toronto Star has an article about a reptile club in a Toronto Elementary School. Teacher Jim Karkavitsas runs a session every day that teaches students about a range of reptiles. His menagerie has expanded from one snake five years ago to more than 40 different species in his classroom. Some are loaned out to… Continue Reading

Diamond pet food lawsuit

Posted in Dogs
It’s not the first, and it’s a safe bet it’s not the last, but a lawsuit has been filed against Diamond Pet Foods in response to a case of salmonellosis in a New Jersey infant. The lawsuit claims (probably correctly) that the infant acquired Salmonella from contaminated dog food that was in the household. The… Continue Reading

And so it continues…Diamond Pet Food Recall

Posted in Dogs
The title from Food Safety News‘ latest report says it all: "After eight expansions, how big is the Diamond Pet Foods Recall?" It’s disturbing that we can’t answer that question, considering the contamination stretches back to 2011 and now it’s apparent that there are problems with another one of their plants. Accordingly to Food Safety… Continue Reading

Diamond Pet Food outbreak continues. Diamond Pet Food Communications..not so much.

Posted in Cats
The large recall and salmonellosis outbreak associated with a variety of foods produced by Diamond Pet Foods continues to expand, in terms of species involved, the number of cases, the number of recalled products and geographic scope. The only thing that’s not expanding in information from the company. Reports (of varying strength) of Salmonella cases in… Continue Reading

Diamond Pet Food recall questions

Posted in Dogs
I’m getting a lot of questions now about canine aspects of this recall, so I’ve addressed my take on some of the important issues below. Can Salmonella cause disease in dogs? Absolutely. The common myth about dogs being immune to Salmonella (mainly found on raw food sites) is just that: a myth. Dogs can and… Continue Reading

Diamond Pet Foods Salmonella outbreak

Posted in Dogs
After starting off like a simple recall of potentially Salmonella-contaminated dry pet food, the Diamond Pet Food problem has now expanded into a multistate outbreak of salmonellosis in humans linked to exposure to the contaminated pet food. At last count, there were 14 affected people from 9 US states, including 5 who required hospitalization. These numbers… Continue Reading

The outbreak that won’t go away

Posted in Pocket pets
The CDC is investigating CDC is investigating more cases of salmonellosis associated with feeder rodent contact, caused by the less-than-catchy-named Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:-. This strain is the same one that was implicated in a large and prolonged outbreak in the US and UK in 2009-2010 which was also associated with frozen feeder rodents (rodents sold… Continue Reading

Salmonella in baby from pet reptile

Posted in Reptiles
.A five-month-old Britich baby was hospitalized with salmonellosis that was presumably acquired from a family pet. The baby developed severe diarrhea and was rushed to hospital. Fortunately, the child has recovered, something that’s far from assured in such cases, since salmonellosis can be life-threatening in infants. As expected, an investigation followed the diagnosis of salmonellosis.… Continue Reading

Pet turtles and Salmonella…why am I not surprised?

Posted in Reptiles
The CDC has announced an investigation of three multistate outbreaks of salmonellosis linked to pet turtles. At last report, 66 affected people had been identified, and since most outbreaks like this only identify a minority of cases, it’s safe to assume there are many others. Three different types of Salmonella have been implicated; S. Sandiego, S.… Continue Reading

Salmonella outbreak from guinea pigs

Posted in Pocket pets
Guinea pigs are relatively benign pets in terms of zoonotic diseases, but like any animal, they can carry some pathogens that are transmissible to people. This was highlighted in a poster presentation at the recent International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta. The poster (Bartholomew et al) described a CDC investigation into an outbreak of… Continue Reading

Salmonella from turtles…again

Posted in Reptiles
Yet another outbreak of salmonellosis traced back to pet turtles has been investigated by CDC and Pennsylvania’s State Health Department. Pet turtles are notorious Salmonella vectors, for several reasons, including the fact that small aquatic turtles very commonly carry the bacterium, they are marketed towards young kids (who are increased risk of infection), and people… Continue Reading

Bearded dragon leads to gravy Salmonella contamination

Posted in Reptiles
No, not gravy made from bearded dragons (a type of reptile), but foodborne Salmonella with a link to the reptile. Reptiles are an important source of Salmonella, which is why standard guidelines recommend that high-risk people (e.g. children less than 5 years of age, elderly individuals, people with compromised immune systems, pregnant women) not have… Continue Reading

Raw diets…again

Posted in Dogs
CTV has a consumer reports segment and a recent topic involved feeding pets “natural” diets (although no one ever defined what that really means). In the report on the CTV Consumer Alert website (it’s currently about the third story into the video if you just press play, or you can shortcut to it using the… Continue Reading

NDM-1 in Salmonella…ugh!

Posted in Salmonella
NDM-1 (New Delhi metalloproteinase 1) is a little bacterial gene that’s attracted a lot of attention (and controversy, due to its name). NDM-1 can be picked up by certain types of bacteria, making them resistant to a whole lot of antibiotics. Some bacteria that carry NDM-1 are resistant to virtually every available antibiotic, which raises… Continue Reading