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Can Vet J. 2007 Jan;48(1):69-75.

The risk of salmonellae shedding by dogs fed Salmonella-contaminated commercial raw food diets.

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Foodborne, Waterborne and Zoonotic Infections Division, Public Health Agency of Canada, 160 Research Lane Unit 206, Guelph, Ontario N1G 5B2.

Abstract

Twenty-eight research dogs were enrolled to determine the prevalence of salmonellae shedding after consumption of 1 Salmonella-contaminated commercial raw food diet meal. Sixteen dogs were exposed to Salmonella-contaminated commercial raw food diets and 12 to Salmonella-free commercial raw food diets. Seven of the exposed dogs shed salmonellae 1-7 days after consumption of Salmonella-contaminated raw food diets. None of the dogs fed Salmonella-free diets shed salmonellae. No clinical signs were observed in either group. Five of the 7 dogs shed the same serotypes as those recovered from food samples used for feeding. Results showed the same serotypes and antimicrobial resistance pattern in 2 of the 7 shedders. Dogs fed Salmonella-contaminated raw food diets can shed salmonellae and may, therefore, be a source of environmental contamination potentially leading to human or animal illness.

PMID:
17310625
PMCID:
PMC1716752
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