Salmon poisoning disease (SPD) is an often fatal condition, occurring when a dog eats raw salmon that is infected with the Neorickettsia helminthoeca parasite. This disease typically begins in the tissues of the small intestine, where it causes hemorrhaging. It gradually becomes systemic (invading the entire body.)
Symptoms and Types
The signs and symptoms of SPD include the following:
- Swollen lymph nodes(lymphadenopathy)
- Discharge from the nose and eyes
Dogs contract the Neorickettsia helminthoeca parasite when they consume raw fish, including raw salmon, trout, and other fish that contain the N. helminthoeca organisms, like the trematode vector.
If any symptoms are seen in a pet that has the potential exposure they should be seen by a veterinarian immediately. It is treatable with supportive care and medication to kill the parasite.