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My 10 month old Portuguese Water Dog just ate an 8 oz piece

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My 10 month old Portuguese Water Dog just ate an 8 oz piece of previously frozen salmon. Please advise if stomach pumping is needed, or if I should wait to see if any fluke symptoms arise.
thanks

Dr. Altman :

Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.

Dr. Altman :

I am assuming the salmon ingested was raw? Was this caught or store purchased?

Customer:

The salmon was store purchased, and had been frozen. It was raw when injested.

Dr. Altman :

OK please give me one moment

Dr. Altman :

The experiences I have had with salmon poisoning is with dogs that have ingested salmon along rivers/ creeks and not previously frozen

Dr. Altman :

I am unsure if the process of freezing effects the disease process

Dr. Altman :

Do you know if this was wild salmon or salmon raised?

Customer:

I'll check package….

Dr. Altman :

Great thank you

Customer:

It is farm-raised, Atlantic salmon.

Dr. Altman :

Then you really should be fine

Dr. Altman :

As for the question in the future about freezing:


The information center advises: "Parasites become a concern when consumers eat raw or lightly preserved fish such as sashimi, sushi, ceviche, and gravlax. When preparing these products, use commercially frozen fish. Alternatively, freeze the fish to an internal temperature of -4*F for at least 7 days to kill any parasites that may be present. Home freezers may not be cold enough to kill the parasites."


 

Customer:

Thanks! I was assuming that too, but wanted to double-check.

Dr. Altman :

So was it commercially frozen or frozen after purchased is always the question

Dr. Altman :

Just as a precaution, for the next two weeks monitor for gi signs or swollen lymph nodes

Dr. Altman :

If found and treated early then recovery is usually swift

Dr. Altman :

In the cases I have treated

Dr. Altman :

But farm raised really should be free of any of these parasites

Customer:

Thanks very much!

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