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If your animal is sick, or you suspect an infection, your vet should be your first port of call.

Work with them to build up a good relationship, and remember that your vet can only help you if you talk to them openly about all your pet’s symptoms.

Book a double appointment so you have plenty of time to talk and ask questions.

In cases of MRSA there is no point attributing blame.  Bacteria do exist and how they reach an animal is not as important as what can be done once a pet is infected with them.

If your pet has not yet been diagnosed as having MRSA, your vet will discuss with you treatment options, such as taking swabs from the infected sites.

A lab can then find out exactly what type of bacteria they are.  Your vet will then be able to prescribe a specific medicine to fight these bacteria.  There are also times when your vet thinks your pet needs to be referred to a specialist.

Bear in mind that there is no ‘magic bullet’ cure for MRSA or other serious infections, but with early detection most animals do survive.

Our website also has a section that contains information to update veterinary surgeons on MRSA, its treatment and how to prevent it.

BMF cannot give out medical advice, nor can we send your pet’s clinical records to our veterinary advisors for comments on individual cases. You can arrange this by contacting us at info@thebellamossfoundation.com, and giving us your vets email and contact telephone number which we will pass onto our clinical advisors, there is no charge for this.

We do aim to help everyone who needs help through our educational material and in cases of urgency please email us, but bear in mind we are a team of volunteers and only our veterinary experts can comment on cases if they have had contact with your vet.

Please see our checklist of questions to take to your vet if you have concerns about your pets health

 

Did you know...

A small proportion of the general pet population carry MRSA or similar MDR bacteria, but the carriage rate in sick animals that have visited veterinary practices is higher.

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