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What causes abdominal cramps and diarrhea after feeding pets?


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Published At February 26, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I have been feeding my pet various pet foods for the past few months. Since yesterday, I have been experiencing symptoms like abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Is it possible that I contracted salmonella or other infections from my pet food? How can I determine this, and are there any complications associated with such infections? What measures can I take to prevent and avoid future infections? Your assistance is appreciated.


Welcome to icliniq, and thank you for choosing us as your provider for health care.

I understand your medical condition, and I am here to support you.

Yes, the possibility of contracting salmonella or other infections from contaminated pet food exists. Consider the following steps:

1. Contact the pet food manufacturer: If you suspect the pet food you have been using might be contaminated, reach out to the manufacturer to report your concerns. They can offer more information and guidance.

2. Consult a healthcare provider: If you are displaying symptoms of foodborne illness, such as abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and fever, seek advice from a healthcare professional for diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

3. Practice safe food handling: To prevent the spread of foodborne illnesses, ensure thorough handwashing with soap and warm water before and after handling pet food. Clean surfaces and utensils that come in contact with the food.

4. Store pet food properly: Keep pet food in a clean, dry location, separate from human food and utensils. Utilize clean containers for pet food storage, washing them thoroughly between uses.

5. Cook pet food if necessary: Certain pet foods, like raw meat, can heighten the risk of foodborne illness. If concerned, consider cooking pet food before feeding it to your pet.

6. Thoroughly wash produce: If your pet consumes fruits or vegetables, ensure these are washed thoroughly before feeding to prevent the spread of bacteria.

7. Avoid feeding table scraps: Resist the temptation to share human food with your pet, as it can increase the risk of foodborne illness. Stick to feeding pet-specific food designed for their nutritional needs.

8. Promptly clean up spills and accidents: In the event of spills or accidents, swiftly clean the area to prevent bacterial spread. Use disinfectants to thoroughly clean the affected space.

Following these guidelines can help reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses and contribute to maintaining the health of both you and your pet.

Thank you for choosing iCliniq, and I wish you a pleasant day.

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Dr. Vandana Andrews
Dr. Vandana Andrews

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