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  1. Salmon poisoning: Signs, causes, and prevention

    Salmon poisoning: Signs, causes, and prevention

    Salmon poisoning disease (SPD) is a very serious and sometimes fatal condition, occurring when a dog eats raw salmon that is infected with the Neorickettsia helminthoeca parasite. This disease typically begins in the tissues of the small intestine, where it causes hemorrhaging. Soon after, it spreads throughout the body.

    The dog owner typically observes the following:

    • Acute onset of anorexia (loss of appetite) and lethargy associated with fever
    • Vomiting and bloody diarrhea are common (funny color diarrhea) 
    • Eye and nose ischarges occasionally reported

     Your vet will usually find the following when doing physical exam of the dog: 

    • Fever
    • Lymphadenopathy (severely enlarged lymph nodes
    • Signs of hypovolemic shock that include
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