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Dog owners urged to protect pets from salmon poisoning disease (http://www.sacbee.com/2010/12/31/3292316/dog-owners-urged-to-protect-pets.html#storylink=omni_popular)
By Cathy Locke
The Sacramento Bee

Published: Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 - 9:47 pm

The California Department of Fish and Game is cautioning dog owners in the Feather River drainage area to keep freshwater fish carcasses away from their pets to protect them from potentially fatal salmon poisoning disease.

Dogs can contract the disease by coming into contact with fish from infested waters throughout the Pacific Northwest, including the southern Cascades and northern Sierra to the Feather River drainage, according to a department news release.

The disease is caused by a bacteria-like organism that is transmitted by a parasitic flatworm, or fluke. The fluke affects both trout and salmon in an area roughly north of a diagonal line from Sausalito to Chico, and west of the Sierra/Cascade mountain range.

Officials caution that all fish caught or originating from streams in Northern California, Oregon and southern Washington could be infected with disease-carrying flukes harmful to dogs.

If a dog has eaten or is suspected of eating raw fish, owners are advised to watch for signs of the disease, which are similar to distemper and may include a rise in body temperature, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, listlessness and/or rapid weight loss. If symptoms appear, the animal should be promptly taken to a veterinarian. Although the disease is relatively easy to cure if diagnosed in time, officials say it likely will kill a dog if left untreated..

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