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Monitor the wound and ask your vet if worried.

Many bacterial infections in animals as in humans occur after operations, especially after orthopaedic surgery, when pins, screws and other materials need to be left inside the body. This higher risk is caused by the fact that orthopaedic operations generally take a long time, and bacteria find it easier to hide in the tiny gaps that are present between plates and screws. Infections generally produce the same symptoms whatever the bacteria; lethargy, raised temperature, swelling and inflammation around the infection site (if near the surface of the skin), pain, irritability, loss of appetite, impaired movement (although this may also be a result of the operation itself) and pus seeping from a wound. Again, laboratory testing to identify bacteria and determine the type of drug that is likely to be successful is extremely important for treatment success (for more information read about responsible use of antibiotics).

Always talk to your vet about your concerns.

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Those who work in health settings, including vets and veterinary practice staff, may have a higher risk of carrying MRSA than the general population.

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