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If your pet has to undergo surgery, avoid courses of antibiotics unless they are necessary. In particular, repeated courses of antibiotics increase the risk of resistant bacteria appearing. There are of course some patients who need repeated or prolonged antibiotic courses – again, talk to your vet if you have concerns.

Finally, be aware that infections that do not seem to be responding to treatment may be a sign of resistant bacteria. Repeated infections can be a sign of the presence of resistant bacteria too; however, repeated infections can also happen for other reasons (e.g. in allergic animals that get recurrent skin infections).

Ask your vet what infection control policy the practice has in place and if you work in health care, or have regular contact with hospitals let your vet know as extra precautions can be taken to protect your pet.

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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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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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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