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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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Skin Infections & Pyoderma

1. How significant is infected dermatitis to the overall health of a dog? Superficial bacterial skin infections or pyoderma rarely cause significant illness. The clinical signs include itching, pustules, scaling [&hellip

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MRSA In Horses

Staphylococcus aureus can also be found in the nose, intestinal tract or skin of a small percentage of normal, healthy horses, although the frequency with which it is found varies [&hellip

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Zack Weeks-Brown is yet another Samoyed who contracted nosocomial MRSA, at a university vet hospital in February 2006. Fortunately, his surgical site was not involved, and he suffered “only” a [&hellip

Jill Beth Brown – Zack

My daughter Kass, (15yrs) had what looked like a spider bite on her arm. Over a few days time it looked very infected and swollen so I took her to [&hellip

Cathy Conner – Chloe

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