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Contagious Bacterial Disease Due to Salmonella in Gerbils

Treatment

 

Unfortunately, treatment is not an effective option for salmonellosis. Broad-spectrum antibiotic drugs may be used in some cases, but mainly, supportive therapy with fluids and electrolyte supplements are the only medicines administered to gerbils suffering from mild cases of salmonellosis.

 

Living and Management

 

Segregate any gerbil that has been affected with salmonellosis from other animals. Take special care in disinfecting and discarding cage and bedding materials, and in preventing incidental spreading of the bacteria by wearing medical grade disposable gloves. Food dishes and any other climbing or exercise equipment will also need to be thoroughly cleaned, and toys will need to be discarded if they cannot be properly sanitized .

 

While recovering from the infection, your pet gerbil will be very weak and require an isolated area to rest. To assist in the recovery, consult with your veterinarian as to the best diet during this period.

 

Prevention

 

Salmonellosis infection is highly contagious and is mainly transmitted through the ingestion of food and water that has been contaminated with infected feces and/or urine. Therefore, properly cleaning the cages regularly and removing any feces and urine, along with changing soiled bedding material routinely, are essential. As much as possible, try to avoid housing gerbils of different age groups together, and keep your gerbils in a place where wild rodents cannot gain access to your pet’s cage. Following these simple steps will go a long way toward preventing the spread of salmonellosis infection in your gerbils.

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