Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Tastee Tuesday Fish Awareness
Tasteee Tuesday--- A fish warning
The truth about fish. Fish is healthy and fish is a great source of protein, BUT there is one issue you need to know. In the Pacific Northeast, Salmon Poisoning Disease is a real issue and a deadly one as it carries a nearly 90 percent fatality rate in untreated dogs.
And even though it is called Salmon Poisoning... it occurs with any anadromous fish (a fish that lives in saltwater, but spends some of its life in freshwater. And Salmon Poisoning can occur anywhere.
The cause is a bacterial organism (Neorickettsia helminthoeca) very similar to those that cause Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Typhus. It ONLY effects dogs (domestic, wolves, coyotes), cats, and people are not at risk of contracting it. Within a week of ingestion, the organism attacks the dog's intestines it causes hemorrhaging. It gradually becomes systemic, and the organism spreads to the lungs, liver, brain and lymphoid tissue.
You can read all about the mechanism of the toxicity cycle here:
With safety in mind, prevention is easy! NO RAW, or
smoked salmon, or trout... or any fish that hangs out on
freshwater. Yes, that mean NO salmon sushi which...
your human should also pass on, unless the salmon has
been previously frozen. Yea, you read it right. Freezing
kills what would hurt your hooman. But freezing it does
NOT make it safe for your dog.
But. Poach some salmon and I am sooo there.
You known... just get some