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First of all, not all staphylococcal infections are MRSA or MRSP infections. Staphylococcus pseudintermedius can be found on most dogs and is part of their healthy skin bacteria. If other diseases occur, such as for example allergies, hormonal disorders or parasite infestations, these bacteria can cause infection. Such infections can be problematic for the dog but the bacteria involved cannot and do not need to be eradicated from the house as they are carried even by healthy dogs and pose little threat to people. If the multidrug-resistant versions MRSA or MRSP are involved though, thorough hygiene measures should be employed in connection with appropriate treatment prescribed by your vet.

Regular cleaning with antibacterial household cleaners will help to reduce MRSA/MRSP on the floors and other surfaces in the house. In addition, frequent and thorough hand washing and prompt disposal of dirty bandages are important. While your pets are infected, it can help to keep them confined to areas in the house that are easy to clean, e.g. utility room, tiled hallways, rather than carpeted bedrooms.

 

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