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An_220896 posted:
my puppy gets into everything especially the trash. she got into the trash the other day and our family had chicken for dinner, she happened to get a hold of the container. she is okay dont worry but is it possible for dogs to get salmonella poisoned
Ponyrun2 responded:
I'm not sure if they can get salmonella or not but I've had dogs raid the trash and eat the most nastiest, moldiest, disgusting pieces of food and never seem to get sick... the worst they ever got was maybe a little diarrhea/soft stool for a day....
Ann Hohenhaus, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Dear Anon_55420 and Ponyrun2,

Both dogs and cats can become infected with Salmonella and that foam tray with the chicken juice on it would be a potential carrier of Salmonella. Dogs and cats with Salmonella look like humans with food poisoning, fever, vomiting, diarrhea- even blood in the diarrhea.

Best to keep your garbage hound away from the trash as it contains other nasties like bones peach pits and corn cobs.

For more on Salmonella here is a link. Ann Hohenhaus


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