Investigating the prevalence of Salmonella in dogs within the Midlands region of the United Kingdom


Background - The intimate relationship between dogs and their owners has the potential to increase the risk of human exposure to bacterial pathogens. Over the past 40 years, there have been several reports on transmission of salmonellae from dogs to humans. This study therefore aimed to determine the prevalence of Salmonella in the faeces of dogs from the Midlands region of the United Kingdom to assess exposure risk and potential for zoonotic transmission. Results - A total of 436 apparently healthy dogs without diarrhoea from households (n = 126), rescue centres (n = 96), boarding kennels (n = 43), retired greyhound kennels (n = 39) and a pet nutrition facility (n = 132) were investigated for Salmonella shedding. Faecal samples were processed by an enrichment culture based method. The faeces from one dog (0.23 %; 95 % confidence limit 0.006 %, 1.27 %) was positive for Salmonella. The species was S. enterica subspecies arizonae. Conclusion - This study showed that the prevalence of Salmonella from faeces from apparently healthy dogs from a variety of housing conditions is low; however, Salmonella shedding was still identified.

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Biosciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Biosciences > Cell & Tissue Biomedical Research
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Uncontrolled Keywords: salmonella,zoonosis,dog,epidemiology,prevalence,veterinary(all)
Publication ISSN: 1746-6148
Last Modified: 06 May 2024 07:13
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2015 09:50
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Published Date: 2015-09-17
Authors: Lowden, Preena
Wallis, Corrin
Gee, Nancy
Hilton, Anthony (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-8025-5270)



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