Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor
Medical Database

Infectious Disease


General Information
Salmonellosis is a bacterial disease of the intestinal tract caused by the bacterium Salmonella. Animals are infected by eating substances contaminated with the bacteria. The organisms are present in the feces of infected animals for up to 6 weeks after recovery. This organism is very hardy and can survive for long periods in the environment.

Signs of salmonellosis include vomiting, diarrhea with or without blood, fever, and dehydration. Severe cases may be fatal. The disease is most common in young, stressed, weakened, or aged animals.

Some dogs can carry and spread the disease without showing signs of illness. Because cats are more resistant to the organism, they are affected less often than dogs.
Public Health Significance

Because these bacteria can infect people, strict hygiene should be practiced when handling infected animals. Carefully dispose of all fecal material. Small children should not handle infected pets.

An Important Update From Animal & Bird Medical Center On COVID-19

We are committed to offering a safe and healthy environment for our clients, pets and hospital team here at Animal and Bird Medical Center. The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus. Taking typical preventive actions is key.

In being cautious and mindful of everyone’s safety, we are actively working to minimize your exposure to crowded exam rooms and long waits in the lobby.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to our protocols in-hospital for the time-being…

In order to limit exposure while still providing quality care for your pet, we will be implementing special protocols to keep you safe.

We will have our veterinary technicians get a history of the patient’s symptoms and owner’s concerns via phone prior to coming into the clinic.

Our goal is for you to be able to bring your pet in for medical care but have no risk for you or our dedicated staff of transmitting the COVID-19 virus.

The Doctors and staff are dedicated to making sure your pet’s medical needs are taken care of during this national crisis.

We can still fill prescriptions for pick up, however, for those who prefer, non-narcotic and non-urgent prescriptions can be mailed to your home.

As always, careful hand-washing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease.