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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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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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Spotting Infections

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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Viruses vs Bacteria

The differences between bacteria and viruses Author – Elaine Pendlebury BA BSc  BVetMed DMS MRCVS  Senior Veterinary Surgeon (Science & Welfare) PDSA Bacteria (singular is bacterium) are one celled living organisms [&hellip

How we have Helped

Our dog Jessie contracted MRSA on April 15th after going in for a routine spaying operation. The vet said everything had gone well and she should be back to her [&hellip

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I lost my beautiful Rosie on July 25th 2007. She had been ill with skin / allergy problems and also cervical disc disease for several years. In January 2007 she [&hellip

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