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Salmon Poisoning Disease

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by PBinWA, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    I got to spend $1000 this week on one of our dogs, he apparently has Salmon Poisoning Disease (not the same as Salmonella poisoning) which is something I hadn't heard of.

    Our dog has some issues with eating, he eats anything and everything including poop so I have no idea where he got it from since we haven't had any fresh salmon or trout around for months. However, I didn't know about this disease and have let my dogs eat some raw fish bits in the past.

    Moral of the story for west coasters - don't let your dog eat raw fish and if you can stop them from scavenging and poop eating then you may save yourself an unexpected vet trip.

    http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/clientEd/salmon.aspx

     
  2. BigBull 301

    BigBull 301 PDX almost Well-Known Member

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    The good news is once they have it and been treated for it, I don't believe they can get it again. A couple of my labs have been through it and treated for it years ago.
     
  3. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    Have known about this for years. This is one way that some people deal with unruly neighbor dogs as well. I assume you and the dog are on good terms with all the neighbors. Usually the Salmon blood has to be fresh and it takes a couple of days to affect them.

    Another thing to be aware of is don't feed the dog chocolate either. Most dogs cant digest it and it can kill them. I had a springer that never had a problem but have seen some die from it.

    Also if you have cats do not give them tunafish as cats can be allergic. This is another useful anoid neighbor tool especially if you add crushed up real asprin to the tuna. If they arent allergic to it the asprin makes them.
     
  4. elsullo

    elsullo Portland Oregon New Member

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    I had a fishing buddy whose dog got salmon poisoning just from licking the grass where a fish had lain being cleaned! No fish eaten at all.

    As for mysterious catching of the disease, I have to wonder about things that birds drop out of the sky. Crows often carry food when they fly, and sometimes have aerial fights to keep it. I wonder about bird droppings too, who knows?......................elsullo :paranoid:
     
  5. jmh119

    jmh119 Hillsboro, Oregon Member

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    My sister had one of the biggest, meanest, dumbest black labs I have ever seen. It couldn't swim a lick! Anyway, it got it....and lived. :(
     
  6. John Gault

    John Gault clackamas county Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Sorry to hear of poisoning. Hope it's not intentional. Brother's dog was thrown fish over a fence. Dog is for business security.
    My dog will eat anything also. He chewed on a canister of albuteral he found. Punched holes in it and got the liquid. He went into convulsions and we had to "bag" him all the way into town vet. $ 700.00 and almost killed him. Couple days later I threw the empty canister on the ground and he went right back to it. Didn't understand the danger involved.
     
  7. Edgewaters

    Edgewaters Eagle Creek New Member

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    I live on a river with a salmon run, I've had two dogs, both got it early in life from eating dead rotten salmon. I caught the first one quickly, a shot at the vet and he was up and running in 24 hours. The second one had to spend the night on an IV $$$.
    Good news is when they get it and get treated, they become immune.
    Sorry to hear of your misfortune, the your dog it owes you a Kimber.
     
  8. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone. The dog is very lucky that he is technically owned by a 7 year old girl who in turn owns her father. He apparently didn't show all the symptoms (swollen lymph nodes) and by the time I took him to the vet he took two days before they could get a stool sample out of him.

    I don't think it was a neighbor. Our yard is fenced in and I think I have a good relationship with most of them. I think it was the fact that he is a little crap eater - deer, raccoon, bird - whatever. It's a hard habit to break but I have a shock collar and know how to use it.

    Oh yeah, he owes me at least two guns that I had planned to buy.
     
  9. BeerWaggin

    BeerWaggin Beaverton New Member

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    This a NW only thing and it has to do with the warmer water temps in our rivers.

    All of my dogs have licked blood from ocean caught salmon and have never got it. I've never given them the opportunity on a river or bay caught fish.

    Once the fish has been cooked or smoked, it's ok to feed it to dogs. Mine have always loved salmon skins and left overs.

    Glad your pooch made it!
     
  10. TAT2D

    TAT2D Portland Member

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    Or grapes. (Or raisins?)

    MrB
     
  11. elsullo

    elsullo Portland Oregon New Member

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    Don't give your dog hot Thai curry! I made a pot that turned out to be too insanely hot to eat, and my wife gave it to the dobie as a joke. Well, it turned out that that dog was immune to the effects of hot pepper, and he joyfully hoovered down the whole pot!

    BUT, the mass of gas that he passed..............was nearly lethal to US!............................elsullo :D