Source:  Sent to me by a friend who got it from his dogs' breeder.

----- Original Message -----
From: Cristine Cameron
Sent: Sunday, January 13, 2002 10:10 PM
To: nwftc@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [nwftc] 'Sharky' and Salmon Poisoning........ ALERT
 
        
        Just a warning to all the dog owners out there: It seems that
Salmon Poisoning is back with a vengeance. Apologies to Ray, Lynn, Hal,
Erin etc., but it seems worthy of mention here. 
         The other day, Jan 2. a 4 year old, vital, picture of youth and
health male Doberman presents to his regular veterinarian with vomiting,
lethargy, depression, anorexia. The vet [in my opinion] totally jumped
to conclusions and diagnosed this dog with Pancreatitis, or as he told
the owner, "Holiday Garbage Gut" without doing any bloodwork to confirm
his suspicions. He sent the dog home with oral Cephalexin (antibiotics).
Over night the owner remembered that the dog had chewed on, and perhaps
swallowed a small chunk of dead salmon that had washed up along the
Columbia River on Christmas Day. I spoke with my friends that night, they
said the dog was still vomiting and I advised they return ASAP the next
morning and tell the vet about the salmon. The next day, (=day #2) the
vet gave subcutaneous fluids and sent the dog home with oral medication
again which the dog threw up all night. When I spoke with my friends that
evening I felt it was approaching an emergency since now the dog had
bloody diarrhea. They called their vet that evening and he said to bring
the dog in the morning and they would put him on intravenous fluids.
They took the dog in at 8 am (=day #3) and at 1pm the dog still was not
on an intravenous catheter and had only received more subcutaneous
fluids. At this point I asked if they wanted to get the dog and bring it
up to the hospital where I work -an hour drive- and they did. By the time
we got the dog it was Friday evening of day #3.  We immediately put the
dog on IV fluids, IV Doxycycline (antibiotic) for the Rickettsia
organism that causes the disease symptoms, injections of Droncit to kill
the fluke (parasite) that harbors the Rickettsia, and IV broad spectrum
antibiotics for the secondary G.I. damage. His temperature spiked to
104.8 degrees but responded to the antibiotics and the next day seemed
much improved. That was Saturday and we were feeling fairly confident
that we got to him in time. He was bright and alert, went outside (still
on his I.V.) and seemed to be feeling much better. But he still would not
eat or drink so he could not leave. Sunday am he was less bright and
alert and seemed more lethargic. Sunday evening his fever spiked to 105.6
and he started seizuring. We gave him I.V. meds to stop the seizures but
by Monday am he was in and out of consciousness and his temperature was
jumping all over. His bloodwork was fairly normal except for his
electrolytes. His sodium was very high. We continued antibiotics and were
giving much more than his maintenance amount of fluids due to the
vomiting and diarrhea, but his sodium continued to climb and his fever
spiked to 106.3 degrees. At this point on Monday night (day #6) the
owners and I transported the dog to a Critical Care/Emergency Clinic in
Lynnwood (Incredible facility) and they immediately began more fluids,
plasma, EKG, more bloodwork etc.etc.etc. The dog died that evening. The
vet on call there is an Internal Medicine specialist and said she
confirmed the diagnosis of Salmon Poisoning when she saw Fluke eggs in
the dogs fecal exam. She could not say enough how Salmon Poisoning is "a
very acute disease and MUST be treated immediately and aggressively." We
have seen two more dogs since then that had both been on the Columbia
River and the Oregon coast and their owners knew they got into salmon.
These dogs are fine now. 
        The disease is especially prevalent around the Columbia River
area (SAUVIE ISLAND ?!???) and the Oregon coast and south-western
Washington area rivers since the parasite needs a snail as an
intermediate host to complete it's lifecycle and further north it is too
cold to support many snails. 
        I apologize for the long story BUT if one dog owner reads this
and understands how serious and FATAL it can be if their dog gets into
dead salmon and knows what to look for and what needs to be done ASAP,
then 'Sharky' did not die in vain. He was a wonderful, healthy, beautiful
animal with responsible and loving owners and it should not have had this
ending. Please advise friends with pets to keep them on a leash, watch
them especially around your rivers down in Oregon and south-western
Washington, and get them to a vet immediately if they suspect Salmon
Poisoning. It is almost always fatal if untreated or treated too late.

                Cristine