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If an animal is colonised with MRSP/MRSA or MRSI, there is little data available to suggest that decolonisation is worthwhile. These bacteria have evolved to inhabit our pets as their normal environment; therefore they are likely to be difficult to remove, and to come back if we can remove them. If they are not causing a problem, there is no reason to fight them – we’d be fighting nature! Again, simple basic hygiene may be the way forward, as discussed for MRSA elsewhere on this site.

The outward signs of an antibiotic-resistant infection are the same as those for most other infections: inflammation, raised temperature around the area, and sometimes the production of pus.

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A small proportion of the human population carry MRSA without knowing it and without any ill-effects.

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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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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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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

Katrina Beckett (Norfolk)

Just before Christmas 2005 I discovered a growth on Flo’s the terrier’s chest. We knew about MRSA because a family member had contracted it while in hospital and we were [&hellip

Jane Maclure – Flo

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