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Your vet will have started your pet on medication to treat the MRSA/MRSP infection (often antibiotic tablets, capsules, injections and sometimes shampoos or creams). In some cases, wound infection can be resolved before complete healing is achieved. In those circumstances it is important to reduce MRSA/MRSP contamination from the environment to prevent re-infection of the wound. MRSA and MRSP can survive on dry surfaces for many months and can re-infect your pet. Similarly, people or other animals in the house and the patient itself may all carry MRSA/MRSP in their noses or on skin without any harm to their bodies, but they may pass MRSA/MRSP back to a susceptible patient.

For MRSA, your doctor may take a swab from your nose to find out whether you are a carrier yourself. MRSP carriage is more frequent in dogs than in people and your vet can swab your pets for carriage (you will be asked to cover the cost as part of the treatment regime for your pet). Once you know whether you or other family members carry MRSA you can discuss with your doctor whether treatment is required and with your vet how any carrier pets should be managed. Your vet can call experts at universities or referral centres for advice if required.

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