I thought I would post some info regarding “Salmon Poisoning” for those who live in the NW or visit the NW. I’ve had 3 situations with this in the past few years, lost one dog, almost lost one and fortunately was on top of the third with Pete a few weeks ago. I’ve come to appreciate that many vets are not very informed of this condition and in general the medical community still does not know much about the possibilities of dogs getting it twice. My dog Trapper contacted this 2 years ago and I just about lost him but 3 days on IV’s and he pulled through. 2 weeks ago he pulled a dead carp, a very decomposed carp at that, out of the river and one of my other dogs Pete took it away from him. After waiting the incubation period of 7-10 days I noticed a small behavior change in Pete on day 8. By that night his temp had gone up slightly and he just picked at his food. By morning he had eaten his food, but was clearly not himself. I got a stool sample and headed to the vet. At this point I could have put him on oral meds and probably been ok, but I asked the vet to keep him overnight and use IV meds to make sure we got a good treatment going. He has recovered very well.
Left untreated the mortality rate is 90%+ and even if treated, if not caught early the mortality rate is high. Salmon Poisoning is a bit misleading as any fish can carry the parasite. Its easy to diagnose under microscope as the flukes show up easily in the stool. My vet is talking to OSU about studying Trapper as he is a confirmed case of re-exposure in the wild and he showed no symptoms of problems at all. This is nothing to mess with and early diagnosis is key to treatment.