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The most important means of preventing the spread of infection, particularly with MRSA or MRSP, is good hygiene. If your pet has been diagnosed with MRSA or MRSP, HAND WASHING IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING you can do to prevent the spread of bacteria. This should be carried out before and after contact with your pet, before and after dealing with the wound, after coming home from work and before going out, in addition to the usual hand washing occasions during the day. Jewellery should be removed prior to handling your pet and prior to hand washing.

Hands should be washed under warm flowing water using soap or an antiseptic solution (according to the manufacturers’ instructions if those are given). Take care to wash all areas of the skin thoroughly including the thumbs, finger tips and the back of your hands. This process should take one to two minutes before thorough rinsing. Hands should then be dried with disposable paper towels or frequently washed hand towels which are not used for other purposes.

 

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MRSA and other bacteria are mostly spread by direct contact, but can also be spread by air currents or by sneezes or coughs

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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

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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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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

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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

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Update October 7th 2006 by Jill Moss – “I am so upset by the fact that after so many months of battling with all the very best care there could [&hellip

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