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Salmonella in Small Animals

Salmonella can be a major concern when thinking about owning a small pet. Salmonella is a bacteria that can infect many different types of animals from birds and reptile to farm animals; and even pocket pets. These animals can then pass the disease on to people if proper precautions aren’t used. There are many misconceptions around this type of bacterial infection and knowing the facts can help prevent you and your family from contracting it or making a rash decision about the need to re-home a cherished pet.

Salmonella is defined as a group of bacteria that can be passed from the feces of animals and humans to other animals and humans. Signs of Salmonella include stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, chills and headache. Some animals can carry the disease and not show signs or symptoms of having it.