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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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Skin Infections & Pyoderma

1. How significant is infected dermatitis to the overall health of a dog? Superficial bacterial skin infections or pyoderma rarely cause significant illness. The clinical signs include itching, pustules, scaling [&hellip

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Treatments

Infections can generally be treated successfully with a single course of antibiotics, which may come in the form of creams or ointments, injections, or tablets, and many infections will even [&hellip

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How Bacteria are Spread

Humans and animals all carry their own specialised colonies of bacteria. These are generally harmless in the normal course of events and serve to prevent the growth of alien bacteria [&hellip

How we have Helped

This is Jed the most sweet loving Rottweiler I ever had.. I got him from a family friend who could no longer keep him in 2011. He had epilepsy and [&hellip

Jed – Stacy

I am so grateful to Jill Moss and Lori Spagnoli for all the information and comfort they gave me during the nine month fight we had with MRSI. Our English [&hellip

Charlotte – Max

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