Dog Food And Salmonella Infection

According to many veterinarians salmonella bacteria is a contaminant found many processed pet foods and is responsible for digestive tract diseases or even death in dogs. The sources of this contamination can be quite varied and can occur during production, harvest, handling, processing, and storage. According to the FDA people can be infected with Salmonella from dog food as well, especially if they don’t wash their hands after handling the food. Knowing this are you comfortable feeding just any pet food to your dog?Here are some interesting facts about the link between salmonella and pet food. In August of 2007 there was a salmonella outbreak in the southern United States. It resulted in 66 reported cases of illness in humans related to the type of salmonella found in the samples of certain dog foods manufactured in the USA. The CDC investigated the outbreak and found that it affected people in 18 states. Their conclusion was that the infection was related to dry dog food. The results of an FDA survey of vegetable and animal protein ingredients used in animal feed, presented at the recent US Animal Health Association meeting, show that nearly 57% of animal protein samples and 36% of the vegetable protein samples tested positive for Salmonella.Did you know there are no regulations that require a manufacturer to identify any preservatives, chemicals, or poisonous substances, that may be used in the food you feed your dog? You could be harming your pet without even knowing it. The quality of pet food ingredients is poorer than those for human consumption. And many of the chemicals used in dry and canned dog food contain ingredients that have been ruled as unfit for human consumption. Many people are not aware that the dogs and cats that are euthenized in animal control shelters often end up being sold to rending plants for the production of dog food.The symptoms of Salmonella infection in dogs is very similar to the symptoms of Salmonella infection in humans, they include vomiting, diarrhea (potentially bloody), lethargy, and abdominal pain. It should be noted that salmonella can be serious or even fatal for children, the elderly, or those with weakened immune systems. If the pathogen enters the bloodstream it can cause severe disorders including, infected aneurysms, endocarditis, and arthritis.Many veterinarians agree that commercial dog food is garbage. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There is a better alternative that is cheaper, safer, and more nutritious, than the mass-produced pet foods that line the stores of the supermarket. Dog Food Secrets will reveal the truth about commercial dog food and what it contains. If you love your pet you owe it to them to read the free report about dog food you feed them everyday. It’s not a pretty picture but to be uninformed about what you may be doing to your pet is far more painful in the long run. For the shocking truth please visit Dog Food Secrets