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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.

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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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Bugs Explained

Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is only one of a number of bacteria that can be resistant to lots of different antibiotics. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a relatively common finding in long-standing [&hellip

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MRSA in Pigs

In spite of worrying reports of the spread of MRSA ST398 in pigs in Europe and N. America, in two recent, major EU surveys (EFSA 2009, 2010) the UK pig industry was [&hellip

How we have Helped

This is a picture of Ink and Spot, they are brothers. Sadly, Ink passed away August of 2009 after being misdiagnosed by numerous vets. I had not heard of the [&hellip

Barbara – Ink and Spot

My 7 year old Scottish Terrier, Jetson, developed a limp in his hind leg. At first it was just occasional and I just assumed he had some arthritis. Then one [&hellip

Cynthia – Jetson

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