Dry Pet Foods Can Be a Source of Salmonella

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, Salmonella viruses can be found in dry pet foodstuffs and many children can get infected with the virus, if the food packets are not kept out of their reach.

When the researchers checked the reports on Salmonella Schwarzengrund, an uncommon infection, they found that disease could be due to eating dry pet food.

Scientist then performed 9 tests on dogs from Pennsylvania for the presence of Salmonella Schwarzengrund. The results showed that 38% of the feces and 9% of pet food had the germ.

When 79 Salmonella Schwarzengrund-infected cases were studied from 21 states, it was found that almost half of the children, especially those less than 2 years of age, were suffering from the germ.

A conclusion was drawn that the germ affected the most when people fed their dogs in kitchen.

Researchers are now urging people to keep their hands clean after handling the pets in order to avoid Salmonella germ. Researchers also state that people should clean and sterilize their pets’ utensils properly and keep them away from the reach of children. To avoid the contagion, the belongings of the pets should not be washed in the same tub where the kids have their bath.