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Curious about Campylobacteriosis?


It is a bacterial cause of enterocolitis that more commonly affects dogs than cats and resultsin diarrhea, and sometimes decreased appetite, vomiting and fever.


The route of transmission is fecal-oral; the common pathogen is Campylobacter jejuni; the possible sources include contaminated food, water, raw meat or the environment


Campylobacter species can produce enterotoxins that damage and destroy the lining of the intestines. It can spread to people! In fact, it is stated that “exposure to a dog with diarrhea triples a person’s risk for developing enteritis from Campylobacter jejuni or Campylobacter coli.”


References:

1) Veterinary Partner. Veterinarypartner.com

2) Tilley, L. P., & Smith, F. W. (2005). The 5-minute veterinary consult: Canine and feline. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

3) Yin, S. A. (2010). The small animal veterinary nerdbook. Davis, CA: CattleDog Pub.

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