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Only infection compromises health and well-being and generally therefore only infected cases either have samples taken from them or are given treatment. In humans undergoing surgery, samples are taken to detect MRSA before surgery – colonized individuals may be treated to minimize the chances of MRSA getting into the surgical wound from the skin and causing infection later (“decolonization”).

As MRSA colonization is much less common in dogs, this sort of treatment has not been recommended widely. Decolonization of a pet is perhaps only needed when its owner needs to be decolonized; as MRSA may spread from owner to pet and back, both might need to be treated – the doctor and vet will need to work together for this. However, decolonization of pets is rarely indicated, partly because there is no evidence how to do it, or if it’s even possible.

Decolonization of MRSA-colonized dogs is not currently recommended in most cases – simply maintaining good hygiene to prevent MRSA problems works best to reduce infections.

All about infections

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Symptoms

If you notice these symptoms report them to your vet immediately. You may be suspicious of a complex and/or resistant infection if you pet has: A wound that will not [&hellip

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Testing for MRSA

How do we test for MRSA? The only way to identify MRSA is to take a sample and analyse it in a laboratory. A culture can identify the bacteria and [&hellip

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MRSP

What are MRSP and Staphylococcus pseudintermedius? Staphylococcus pseudintermedius is a bacterium that is commonly found on the skin or in the nose or intestinal tract of 50% of more of [&hellip

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