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Some of the animals we have helped

Lori & Joseph – Momo

Our beautiful Momo, a black cat with one perfectly shaped white heart on her chest, came to us homeless one day, and of course we took her in. She changed our lives in the best of ways and brought and continues to bring us unlimited unconditional love every single day. One day in 2005, Momo was at her vet for a routine physical and teeth cleaning. while there she also had a urinalysis done which involves the insertion of a needle into the bladder. Shortly after momo returned home, we came to learn that our other cat, Fluffy, had a urinary tract infection, and after a culture, that it was MRSA. Fluffy was given antibiotics and, lucky for him, he cleared the infection. We then learned on November 12, 2005, that Momo had the same infection. She wasn't so lucky. Momo was treated with antibiotics for two years, and still she had MRSA. This past September we learned there were virtually no antibiotics left to try. In desperation, I went online and began researching MRSA. in this way, we were both lucky, as we discovered The Bella Moss Foundation and came to meet Jill Moss who so unselfishly gives of too much of her time to help animals who are infected like Momo in honor of her dearest precious Bella who tragically and heedlessly was lost to Jill from MRSA and medical ignorance and fear. Having determined to transform Bella's suffering and death to prevent the needless suffering and death of so many others, Jill has reached out across the huge Atlantic Ocean and shown us first-hand what a small world it can be. In an instant, it felt and continues to feel like Momo's fate has changed. Where she was hopeless, now there is hope. Where we were alone, now we have Jill and her representatives, Vikkie, the Reiki Healer, and Kim, the Veterinary Naturopath, and all of their help has known no boundaries. Because of Jill and the Foundation, Momo chose to participate in the Canadian MRSA study conducted by Drs Scott Weese and Meredith Faires, and their unselfish involvement and input have helped guide Momo's family and many other pet owners to make better and more informed life-saving choices. Because of Jill and the Foundation, we have this date retained the services of Bella's homeopathic veterinarian, Dr Richard Allport who we have every faith will improve Momo's health and with that, the quality of her life. Because of Jill and the Foundation, there is no ocean too wide. We feel we have gone from nothing to everything we could possibly need to make a difference. For this and for so much more, we are eternally grateful to Bella who gave her life so others may live. In Peace, Love, Hope and the Global Healing of Momo and many other animals.  

Heather – Rosie

I lost my beautiful Rosie on July 25th 2007. She had been ill with skin / allergy problems and also cervical disc disease for several years. In January 2007 she had a major spinal operation on the first disc in her neck because it had burst and was crushing her spinal cord. She recovered over the next 3 months and it seemed as though she was going to be ok. Sadly this was not the case. At the end of May she seemed to be in pain again and had once more taken to becoming very with drawn only moving as little as possible. My vets suggested she needed to see an orthopaedic specialist and this was arranged for the following Thursday June 7th. This was not with the same practice as her previous op. I was advised she needed a milogram which showed two discs unstable and it was proposed that 5 discs in total would be treated to alleviate the problem. I agreed as I was told it would help Rosie> I was then told to collect her the next am. She was brought out to me looking very poorly. She did not seem to recover at all over the next few days. Her wound was also weeping and not healing as it should have done. She developed sore patches on her tummy and lesions and soreness round her eyes. Whilst all this was happening she had developed a really acute water infection that would not clear up despite having 3 weeks of intensive treatment. By week 5 Rosie was looking really poorly and on the advice of a skin specialist I knew we asked for biopsies to be carried out to find out what was going on. 6 days later came the news that she had MRSA and was totally resistant to all antibiotics. The next thing came and it was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make but I decided the kindest thing I could do for Rosie was to put her to sleep so there would be no more pain. I shall never forget hr as she was my soul mate and there will always be a special place in my heart for her. I was told about the Bella Moss Foundation and a few day’s after I lost Rosie, Jill gave me so much support through this terrible time, and she still does. I now help the foundation with events and without the foundation’s help I would not be able to help other owners who are now losing their pets to mrsa.

Chris and Julie – Freya

Freya is our 2 1/2 year old Doberman. On the 16th September 2007, she was running to pick up her toy in the park and as she turned to come back, she was on 3 legs. There was no noise; no I'm feeling sorry for myself just this one leg tucked up and Freya still running quite fast on the 3 normal legs. We massaged the leg And used ice and we didn't walk the following day. There was no sign of pain except that this one leg was being carried high and she was protecting it. I called the vets early and decided to take her to our own vet and just check the leg was okay. Unfortunately it was a lot worse. Freya had snapped her right cruciate ligament. We were amazed at how high Freya's pain threshold must be. The vet told us we would have to wait for the swelling to go down then he would operate. The operation was set for 21st September at 08.40 after what seemed like an eternity of Freya being cooped up indoors and still running mad around the house on 3 legs. The operation we were told was a success although the vet told us it had taken longer than he had originally thought. Freya was home with us again all sleepy and feeling sorry for herself now, but we didn't mind she must have been in pain. We gave her plenty of cuddles and love as usual and we hoped that she would feel better real soon. I was working nightshift approx a week later and came home to find that my usual greeting at the front door by Freya didn't happen, she didn't even look up, she was just gently whining and I sensed that something was wrong. I woke my partner (as we had both been taking turns at sleeping-well attempting to grab half hour's sleep here and there!! on a mattress in the sitting room to look after Freya around the clock. Freya wasn't herself at all, the leg was swollen and hot and the change in her it was upsetting to see such an active dog go downhill so fast. We took her back to the vet, who put her on a broad spectrum antibiotic "SYNULOX 250mg twice x daily” Following this visit the swelling in the leg steadily got worse and the top two stitches had the flesh cutting above them. I came home and saw that had happened overnight and too k her back to the vets. They removed two top stitches. We continued to ice her leg on return to home and were told to keep an eye out for leakage from the wound and to take her back if there were any other problems. My partner is a paramedic and she said to me that night "you don't think it could be MRSA do you?" my god I had been silently worrying myself sick about that and had seriously started looking into her wound and what it looked like etc on the internet. I had never even heard of animals getting mrsa. I found The Bella Moss Foundation website and began been reading through it, I read for hours. I decided to call the number. I got hold of Jill on her birthday she was out with friends, but took my call in a quiet room. We spoke for a long time and Jill called me back to save my phone bill. Jill helped me feel calmer about Freya's situation, explained what may happen, what we needed to do and what we needed to ask our vet and how we needed to barrier nurse her as until now we had not worn gloves (the vet either!!) Jill was a blessing in disguise, she promised to call me the next day, which she did and continued to do so throughout Freya's illness, offering advice and giving me contact numbers of genuine knowledgeable people who were a fantastic help in our time of upset-(Thanks to all the friends of The Bella Moss Foundation who were so kind and helped us greatly.) I again returned home in the am to find Freya's leg had completely swollen out from the hip to her ankle/foot area and she had become so withdrawn and disinterested and I was seriously worried. I even tried to get her interested in her favorite treats and sliced up an apple for her she placed it in her mouth. She looked up ate me and let it drop to the floor. She had no energy. Back to the vet and this time they took all of her stitches out on the 4th October 2008, to see if these were the problem causing the swelling reaction. My partner and I asked the vet “could it be MRSA?" the vet looked at us and said “no I don't think so I've never had any cases of it but we'll take a swab of the leg and see what the results say”. The vet did not wear gloves and put Freya on more antibiotics. The sample came back a few days later confirming it was MRSA. My partner and I were very anxious and upset about the confirmation of our fears for Freya but at last we may get somewhere along the lines of curing her of this awful illness. The vet gave us ANTIROBE 150mg 2x daily. I also explained to the vet about our contact with Jill and the foundation, he had never heard of it so I called him later to give him all the details of the website to look it up and he said he would find out as much as he could now that we knew what Freya had. We did feel that the vet’s staff must have all been briefed on Freyas illness before we arrived and we soon realized that the staff became reluctant to give us information without first asking the vet. Also their attitudes changed towards us, we felt like we had caused the infection and we were the bad ones, it was awful. I actually told the vet how I felt and that it was pretty poor considering we all should be aiming for the same end result : to have Frey get well again and for us not to be treated like criminals when the greater chance of the infection being picked up was in his surgery. The vet disagreed, told me they had a locum member of staff and he would talk with her but he never really owned up to the source of the MRSA. Since then have treated much much better from his staff. I did threaten with taking this matter further if we couldn't afford Freya's treatment after the insurance money ran out and he said he would sort it out for us if it did, therefore I guessed that was as good of an admission I was going to receive. The infection took approx a week to show on Freya after her operation, this begs the question - How many dogs/cats and other animals are treated in that theatre in that week and no matter how much cleaning is done it has to be the right type of cleaning, using the right type of materials to avoid cross contamination etc. ? We knew Freya had contracted the infection during hospitalization and we even asked for a swab to be taken to find out the strain of the infection but that was never done. If we wanted to know the strain it would cost us an extra £100.00 !. Freya is now starting to return to her old self : eating and drinking and greeting us when we come home. We continue to build her walks up and have had two swabs back as normal. I really thought we'd loose Freya, but through Jill's positive ness, kindness and help most days on the phone or text, she pulled me through it. Even now Jill still continues to ask how Freya is and offer's us help in any way she can. Jill is a god send to people like us and dogs like Freya, because if you need information on MRSA it's still a battle to get the right information and knowing what to do for the dog going through this awful infection. It's paramount that the help that you need is available- and thanks to brave Bella and Jill it is! Freya had an awful lot of muscle wastage in her right leg after the operation and we now continue to build it up by taking her to hydrotherapy and we saw a physio for advice. Freya is not a natural swimmer so it is taking her a while to relax and enjoy it but I'm sure when the leg feels stronger she will stop splashing so much and learn to enjoy her time in the pool. We also had advice from Jill about building up her immune system and we continue to do this. There is a round, raised soft lump left joined through her second set of scars after her second operation (which removed the crimp incase the MRSA was hiding under it and the surgery that was originally done to mend Freya's cruciate ligament). December 12th 2007 we visited the vet for a check up, he is pleased with her progress, she has even put on weight but the lump needed to be swabbed and now we await the return of the results. Fingers crossed it's nothing serious. We will keep you updated and I know we have a friend in Jill for the help we need and the friends surrounding Jill to contact for advice and we will never be able to thank them enough! Thank you and big hugs from Chris and Julie, London.

Alan Barnard

A letter from Amber My fight for life I am 11 years old (a rough Collie). Here is my story. On a beautiful June morning I was chasing pigeons in my garden when I trod on a small apple and broke the cruciate ligament in my back leg. My folks took me to the vet who decided to operate - in total the cost came to £2,000. By this time my leg was very swollen, and I felt so ill, I thought I was going to die. For ten day's I could not eat and my folks kept me alive on glucose and water, they took me back to the vet and he told them I had mrsa and I had to be put to sleep. My folks refused. (Thank god) My folks took me home: my dad slept on the floor with me and my mum massaged my leg with olive oil and I took the antibiotics for weeks. I could not eat for weeks, my folks tried everything then eventually I remember corn beef was one thing I could eat beef with oxo gravy, as soon as I ate I could see the relief on their faces. Once I had begun to eat I gobbled it up . We went back to the vet each week and finally I was cleared of the mrsa. I now go for 2 walks a day and thinking back my first outing to the park was only 20 yards it has been a very gradual slow process. I am now getting stronger and I now manage over half a mile walks each time we go out. The biggest stroke of luck was finding The Bella Moss Foundation, Bella died so sadly but without Bella's mum's guidance and passion to keep me alive - I would not be here today. I would love to meet Jill and give her a very big kiss of thanks. Jill phoned my folks several times each week, putting my folks in touch with other vets, giving support and practical advise. It's nearly 6 months since my accident and when I contracting mrsa. I look back and remember how ill I was, unable to eat, my folks had to lift me with a sling when I needed to go out to the garden. I am so grateful that I have such a loving family and a wonderful friend in Jill Moss who refused like my folks to let me die. Thank you all so much for giving me the courage and will to fight for my life, Bella your spirit lives on in me.  

Miranda Pasch – Trout

I can not thank Jill and her team enough. My dog, Trout, was diagnosed with MRSA two months after he had TPL surgery when they were performing a second surgery to remove the plate they had previously inserted do to infection. Trout was extremely sick and non-responsive at this point so I began researching MRSA online to find out more information about the virus and assure myself Trout was being properly treated. It wasn't long after stumbling across Jill's website that I began seeing light at the end of the tunnel for Trout. Jill contacted me immediately upon receiving my request for information and was nothing but helpful in getting me the latest information on MRSA. I have since passed the articles on to Trout's surgeon who too was very appreciate and intends to share the information with the entire hospital. Every little bit of education helps and I am so thankful for Jill's assistance with Trout and have no doubt her continued efforts will have a huge impact on the veterinary practice today.

Leigh, Terry and the Martin family – Max

Max had been our family since he was a puppy. He was our little boy! and he brought us so much pleasure even when the kids came along we still regarded him as our first. He was brilliant with them he loved them and they loved him equally even our one year old little girl Erin loved him so much and followed him everywhere. On the 17th February 2006 our life's was turned upside down. On the 30th January Max had been admitted to Queen Mother animal hospital - Potters Bar where he was diagnosed with a tumour in his chest. He was operated on successfully to everyone's relief, he was recovering slowly and was discharged on the 14th we couldn't have been happier. Our emotions had been on a roller coaster ride for the past 2 odd weeks and at last we was on the home straight. Our happiness was not to last Max was not at all well on his return home and the very next day he was readmitted they were unsure what it was he could not walk he was very ill. On the afternoon of the 17th we got a call to say Max had gone down hill quickly and they had got some tests back confirming Max had MRSA. We was in shock we raced to the hospital but missed him by 5 mins and he died. We were numb we had never heard of MRSA in animals when we got home I went on the internet and found The Bella Moss Foundation. I contacted Jill and her support meant a great deal to us she taught us a lot about mrsa and explained things and helped us get through this terrible time. For that we will always be in debted to her. She even set up a meeting with the vets for us to talk things through. Not a day goes by that we don't miss Max and all his little ways and our house feels empty yes we are angry and feel robbed of him but we are trying to think of the 8 good years we had with him and all the happiness he brought to so many people.

Robert Walker

It was on December 14, 2005 that Jazz took ill whilst in kennels. Jazz a 6 year old Black Labrador Cross has always suffered from allergic reactions and digestive disorders. Prior to our going on holiday Jazz suffered an allergic reaction to something and developed lumps on her nose and head and her ears became puffy. A trip to the vets resulted in her receiving a steroid injection and steroidal cream for her ears . The lumps appeared to be going down and the kennel owner was happy to accept her and continue her medication. On the second day of our three night break we received a phone call from the kennels who informed us that Jazz's condition had worsened. Her ears were full of sores and pustules as was her right eye and muzzle. Steroids were prescribed. When we picked her up she was in a right state, her ears were raw and full of dried blood. Her muzzle and eye were also raw.An immediate appointment was made at the vets and as there was nothing that they could do a further appointment made the next day. Jazz was fitted with a Buster Collar to prevent her getting at her ears which were clearly distressing her. Biopsies were taken (no clear results) and antibiotics and steroidal injections prescribed. A week passed with regular trips to the Vets for bandage changes etc. Jazz was not improving her sores were deepening and her fur being lost rapidly. Jazz was referred to the Skin Specialist at Rutland House Veterinary Hospital who told out Vets to immediately cease the steroids. MRSA was immediately suspected. Jazz remained hospitalised for a couple of days where cultures and samples were taken. We collected her on Christmas Eve and whilst she was initially happy to see us she was generally exhibiting all the signs of a poorly dog, not eating and lethargic. We cancelled all our Christmas plans and Christmas Day was a pretty solemn affair. My Wife and I were pretty tired as we had taken it in turns to sleep downstairs constantly observing her condition. A week later MRSA was diagnosed and the antibiotics (Antirobe and Marbocyl) prescribed by Rutland House changed to Trimacare. A couple of weeks went by and Jazz was continuing her recovery until one night her back legs gave way and she could not walk. The Vets suspected polyathropathy and Jazz was referred to Rutland House but this time the Orthopaedic Specialist. He immediately suspected a reaction to the antibiotics which tests proved to be correct. Desperation caused me to contact Jill who gave me hope and a non-vets understanding of the situation. Jazz's antibiotics were stopped and her improvement both skin wise and movement progressed rapidly. Three weeks ago Jazz was given the all clear. She was free from MRSA !! Her fur is now growing back save for her muzzle which will never recover. She is regaining her fitness and enjoying longer walks with each passing week. Her appetite is better than ever. As a treat for her we are taking her to the lake District in a couple of weeks. She has deserved it. When Jazz's legs failed we feared the worse and thought that we would lose her. Every day now is a bonus and despite our ghastly experience with this disease there is hope. Early detection is essential and the good work being undertaken by Jill and her colleagues can only raise awareness to prevent future casualties.

Cheryl Burston

Rupert - 30 December 1996 - 11 December 2004 Rupert came to live with us at just over 7 weeks old, a bundle of woolly fur weighing over a stone with huge paws. We planned to call him Darcy as we had recently seen the tv adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. However, he so resembled a bear cub that he could have no other name but Rupert. Despite my best efforts to remain a little detached he very soon became the centre of my world around which everything else had to revolve. His needs were first and foremost in my mind and I loved him with all my heart. Rupert grew so quickly, at one stage he seemed to be all legs! And then in the blink of an eye he became a very majestic boy indeed, with long silky fur and a magnificent tail. His beautiful deep amber eyes a window to his kind and gentle soul. He had a few ups and downs with his health but I devoted all my efforts to making him well again. He was a strong boy with a fighting spirit and always bounced back. Then tragedy struck, I found a small lump (which turned out to be a cyst) on his foot and took him to the vet for it to be removed. I know he was very large boy, big even for a Bernese, but she operated on him on the floor of a consulting room. Within days of the op he began to tug off the fur from the inside of his legs and his tummy and he clearly had a temperature. Rupert was given the usual broad spectrum antibiotics, first one course, then another and another until I demanded that the cause of the infection be found. Skin samples were taken and from these a diagnosis of MRSA and Pseudomonas was given. My heart sank but we persevered with the antibiotics recommended by The Animal Health Trust, special shampoo and a cream. We thought he had beaten both as Rupert seemed to improve but sadly it wasn't to be. The damage had been done, the battle was lost and Rupert could carry on no more. His brave heart gave out and he died in my arms - my darling boy gone forever. Rupert holds a special place in my heart which will never be filled by anyone else. So while I live, he lives. And maybe, if I'm very lucky and God hears my prayers, we will be together again my little man and I. Through an article in a newspaper I found Jill and the Bella Moss Foundation. Jill and I have found many similarities between Bella and Rupert and we share an overwhelming sense of loss. I hope that in some way I will be able to help Jill with her campaign to ensure the fact that animals can be infected with MRSA is acknowledged by the veterinary profession. Also to see that measures are put in place to improve the standard of hygiene within practices, particularly when vets are undertaking surgical procedures. Now that truly would be a legacy worthy of my beloved Rupert.  

Lou Yau – Malcolm

This is Malcolm. He is the most wonderful, affectionate, loving, special cat I have ever come across. I rescued him from the RSPCA 6 years ago when he was 3 years old and had been neglected in a house with 20 other cats. I knew straight away that Malcolm was special and we developed a very special bond very quickly. In March 2006, Malcolm had a swelling in his left ear and I noticed him scratching his ear a lot and shaking his head. I took him to the vets who advised that Malcolm had a haematoma (burst blood vessel) from shaking his head and that something may be stuck in his ear or there was an infection causing his ear to become irritated. 2 days later, Malcolm underwent an operation to remove the haematoma and the vets confirmed they couldn't detect what had caused the haematoma but that he was on his way to recovery. However, Malcolm's ear swelled up again and again and didn't seem to get any better. After numerous visits to the vets where they drained his ear each time, they then advised that Malcolm would need to undergo a 2nd procedure, as the 1st operation had not gone as planned. Malcolm underwent the 2nd procedure and it was then that the vets confirmed that there was an ear infection and that they would need to do a swab to determine what infection it was. By this time, Malcolm was not his usual happy self and was very withdrawn and quiet. Whilst waiting for the test results, Malcolm's ear swelled up again and again and the vets gave him steroid injections to help reduce the swelling. 1 wk later and the results came back and I was told Malcolm had MRSA. The vets said it was treatable with antibiotics and asked whether myself or my partner had been in contact with hospitals in the last 6 mths. When we replied that we hadn't, the vets said that it was likely that Malcolm had picked up MRSA from their practice. Thinking nothing more of this, we took Malcolm home and started his course of antirobe antibiotics. I was so worried and upset and just wanted Malcolm to be better. At this stage, he had been ill for 8 weeks and not been his usual self. I am pleased to report that Malcolm is now fully recovered and his ear is back to normal. However, I can't forget all of the worry and upset that the whole episode caused, as well as knowing what Malcolm had to go through. The vets themselves, offered no explanations or any sympathy and were very defensive when I probed them about the possibility that MRSA could have been passed to Malcolm by one of their staff during his 1st procedure. The staff have now all been swabbed by the RCVS and I await to hear the outcome. I came across the Bella Moss Foundation when I was searching on the internet for information about MRSA in animals. There were no other sources of information whatsoever (especially about MRSA in cats) and the website was so useful and helped me to understand what MRSA was and how it could impact our pets. It was so comforting to know that there were others who understood how I felt and it gave me hope that Malcolm would get better from reading the other testimonials and information on the site.  

Jan Stroncheck

Jill Moss has helped all of us pet lovers in so many ways, regarding MRSA. I never even knew about how horrible this can be for our furry children, until I just happened to run into her site. I had my Bella, and eight pound, red, mini Dachshund checked out immediately. And she was again checked about 3 weeks ago. Thank The Dear Lord that she is okay. As I told Jill, she is in our prayers daily, but I thank God that she has made us all aware of this terrible infection. John and I love you, Jill!

Anna Foster

The support I have received from Jill @ pets-mrsa has been invaluable. Through her I have been helped and given advice from several top veterinary surgeons and microbiologists. My dog Ebony has been on antibiotics since the beginning of last Summer because of ulcerated areas in her hind feet and under her right armpit. My vet has taken routine swabs from the infected areas regularly but the one that came back in January showed she had MRSA. Because I am due to have some corrective surgery on my face I was swabbed and I came back MRSA positive also. Obviously, this has caused great concern for not only me and her but all my family. To be able to talk to Jill and for her to put me in touch with top people in this field has given me answers, help and advice from people I would not normally be able to contact. I know Jill has been inspired by the death of her own beloved dog but she has made the veterinary world sit up and realize there IS A PROBLEM.

Trish and Terry Salisbury – Tarka

On the 15th Febuary 2005 my 9 year old Weimeraner bitch Tarka, had to have an emergency operation for bloat. All went well! How relieved we were. Then a couple of weeks later the wound started to weep. Tarka went off her food, a bit moody and lethargic. I phoned the vets immediately.we took her in. The vet thought she maybe rejecting the internal stitches. So back into surgery. When they opened her up they found pockets of infection. She underwent further surgery to de-bride the wound and take swabs. The next thing we heard was that Tarka had MRSA (what a blow, my dog has the superbug !!!) The vet had to de-bride the wound and leave the wound open. Tarka was put into isolation and whilst swabs were taken and sent off to the labs in liverpool.She was very unhappy after 8 days . She had the dreaded collar fitted,which she hated. We offered to take Tarka home and nurse her at home.the vet said we had to wait for lab results to come through to see whether she was a carrier. The test came back negative, of course. That was last Tuesday. Tarka is very happy. The wound has healed by two thirds and we are astounded how we have beaten THE SUPERBUG, wow. The vets have been very good about supplying us with the dressings etc. i wonder why? Dont be afraid of this bug. It can be beaten, if caught early enough. When i first heard. My HEART DROPPED! I found out about Jill Moss on the internet. I contacted Jill and she was so positive. She really helped me to decide to go for it. Thanks Jill, you are doing a great job. Let me know if I can help in any way.  

Charlotte Hudley – Larry

My dog Larry became infected with MRSA following cruciate ligament surgery (just like Bella did) I searched the website for information on pets and MRSA and found The Bella Moss Foundation. Jill spoke with me for many hours and advised me on what to ask my vet and put me in touch with experts who could offer me advise when my vet knew very little. Larry is now doing well; he is only three years old. Jill told me that when Bella died she searched Internet for information on MRSA in pets and found nothing so set up the website Now in the memory of Bella a beautiful lady who died so tragically, other animals are being saved. Thank you Jill so much and we pray for you every day and for Bella who is at the rainbow bridge where all special souls go to she will never have died in vain you must believe that.

Kim Bloomer

Jill, I am so moved by your story. After talking to you today, I feel as though I've known you and even Bella for a long time. I went to the Bella Moss Foundation website and read through so much. I looked at every photo and then read all the comments posted by Bella's family and friends. I am so moved now that I am sobbing as I write this. How could I not be a part of helping you bring awareness, education and knowledge to the world. Bella will be honored and this won't be in vain Jill. Rest easy my new friend and know that she will live on in hearts all over the world and will be the reason things change!!

Graham Marriott

Firstly i must say how sorry i was to read Bella's story, until Monday the 21st March i was totally unaware that this but was contractable by pets (ignorant i know), My beloved English Bull Bud broke his leg the week before and after a rather unsuccessful attemp with a leg plaster it was decided that a plate in his leg would be the best thing for him, he had his op on the friday and was hospitalised with the vet over the weekend,However we went to collect him on the Monday and our vet informed us of his worry at an infection to the wound, and that at the time he feared it may be MRSA he had already taken a swab of the infection and sent it off for ananysis, in the mean time he had been injecting him with double dose antibiotics (i would like to say that if my vet had not been so dilligent and i must say caring this infection would have gone un-noticed until it was to late)a trip later that week for a check up confirmed his and our fears, yes it was MRSA, the swab had identified which strain and fortunatly one of the antibiotics being administered was the right one (good vet or good guess?). Well as i am sure you are the same i left no avenue unexplored, i have a friend who is a faith healer (yes i did ask him for help) another good friend who is a Matron at the hospital in Coventry i asked her advice, when i mentioned to her about a chap from Nuneaton who had developed a cream in his own garage (not a multi million pound company just a chap looking to help his wifes skin condition) she told me hat his daughter was her hairdresser and gave me the chaps number, we phoned him the following day and to our amazement he asked if he could pop round with his own vet to look at the dog and let us know if they could help, they were both there within half an hour, had a look at old Bud (he is only 16 months) gave us a tub of the lotion instructed us on how to apply it and told us that it will kill the bug on or around the wound and that if the wound were to open pour the lotion into it, that was last Friday, we have had a few complications in the week not related to the leg but an abcess that developed on Buds shoulder as a result of all the injections he has had, but i must say his leg would appear to be getting better it is still weeping slightly which i am told is to be expected but it seems to be contained, Bud being a bully is now bearing weight on his leg and for the first time today stood on it as he cocked his other leg (silly i know but i felt happy for him), anyway i did call the number that you left on the forum and spoke to a gentleman that told me to e-mail you with this information, there is a posting on the site from the vet who came out to visit with the lotion, i am sure its Bud he is refering to as the dog currently receiving the lotion for the infection and it is definately helping. I thank you for the information that is available from your web site it is invaluable to people like myself who dont know what the hell to do and i would like to talk to you further if you are available, good work on five live and GMTV keep it up and once again thank you.

Jill Vicino – Jenna

Last month my thirteen-year-old miniature dachsund, Jenna, developed a swollen eye. I assumed that she had been bit by a spider or an ant, but after the swelling returned following a course of Clavimox, my vet x-rayed the eye and took a culture, it was discovered that Jenna had MRSA (the lab report said that the sampling was "scant," meaning that it was not a severe case). Jenna has also had a long battle with allergies and dermatitis. When I heard the diagnosis I completely panicked, as I have heard of people dying from MRSA. I am also pregnant, have eczema and also have a four-year-old son with PLEVA, a benign skin condition. I conducted searches on the internet and came up with little information. Then I found Jill Moss' website, and she was able to provide me with some helpful information and also calmed me down. This was a tremendous help because I was literally having an anxiety attack before I heard from Jill! I had myself swabbed and came back negative. I didn't have my son swabbed because his skin has been clear. Jenna was treated with another antibiotic for 21 days and the vet believes that the MRSA has been eradicated! For the first time in a year her skin is completely healed with no ulcerations. Our vet said that in the twenty years she has been practicing, this is only the second case of MRSA she has ever seen. However, I suspect that it is becoming more common and that the vet community needs to learn much more... I am still interested in learning more about MRSA transmission. I feel that I am extremely lucky not to have contracted MRSA from Jenna. She never slept with family members and we always washed out hands thoroughly after touching her. After the diagnosis was made I fanatically washed everything in hot water and bleached and mopped the floors with hospital grade disinfectant. I obsessively washed my hands and made my family stop walking barefoot in the house. Every doctor or vet that I spoke with minimized the situation, saying that MRSA was literally everywhere in our environment anyway. I truly beleive that there is so much more to be learned about MRSA and hope that some research on MRSA transmission is conducted in the near future. I can't thank Jill Moss and her website enough for providing me with valuable information and giving a place to connect with others dealing with this issue!  

John & Vivien Boon – Duke

This is Duke, our 7 year old German Shepherd. A few months ago Duke became very ill. He had contracted a Clostridial infection which was rapidly destroying tissue and muscle around the top of his leg. Our local Vet was unable to deal with the condition and Duke was referred to an animal hospital. Following extensive surgery (twice) Duke was left with open wounds for several days while the vets went away to a conference!! Eventually, after further delays, we were informed that Duke had now contracted MRSA. Our account by this point was standing at approximately £5500. The animal hospital discharged Duke into our and our local Vet's care. At this point I started to look on the web for information about MRSA in dogs. I was delighted to discover the Bella Moss Foundation as we needed help and reassurance at this time. As soon as I contacted Jill we had a lot of help and support and whilst I deeply regret that ANY pet should contract MRSA, it was a comfort and a help to know that we were not the only ones going tthrough this trauma. Happily Duke has made a full recovery. Unfortunately our bank balance has not!!!  

Jane Maclure – Flo

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 naturally anxious that Flo should not become infected during the procedure to remove the lump. I emailed the pets-mrsa web site and immediately Jill got in touch. I had so much good and practical advice from her and her expert contacts as well as moral support when needed. Thanks to Jill and the kind care of our vet, Flo came through, infection free and with her joie de vivre undimmed, and continues to give us delight.  

Jill Beth Brown – Zack

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 MRSA skin infection. It took almost 2 months before a dermatologist figured out what was going on, and, by that time, Zack had been on the wrong antibiotics continuously since surgery. Samples collected in August 2006 finally confirmed that he was free of the MRSA. Jill provided on-going counseling to me over a period of months. She sent me scientific proceedings from the Liverpool conference, which were helpful both to my understanding of the affliction and in helping me craft a proposal for reimbursement to the university. She called me overseas and stood ready to help me in any way. Yesterday, the hospital administrator agreed to refund a good portion of Zack's MRSA-related expenses. Really, the expenses didn't end with the lack of detection of MRSA. After long courses of several different antibiotics, Zack's skin was cycling back and forth between population explosions of yeast alternating with population explosions of several types of bacteria. That cycle was initiated by the initial wrongful course of antibiotics that was given to Zack right after his routine (!) surgery. Zack is a darling boy. My husband and I adopted him (on the left in the photo) and his twin sister Zoey (on the right) in November 2005. The prior spring, they had been taken to the vet for euthanasia at age 7, due to uncontrolled diabetes. The vet refused to kill two beautiful, sweet dogs for no good reason, and asked that they be surrendered to him. He stabilized their diabetes (the owners had not complied with medical advice) and turned them over to Buckeye Samoyed Rescue, where they lived for several months prior to adoption to us. I have found "second-hand" Samoyeds to be extremely affectionate and bonded to their owners, as Bella was to Jill. Their love and charming dispositions inspire tremendous love in return. There is no such thing as an unwanted Sammy, there are only some Sammies in unwanted homes! Rescue seeks to unite these wonderful beings with owners who will understand them. Thank you, Jill Beth Brown (Ohio, USA)

Sue and Phil Purver (Hertfordshire) – Maple

Maple our beautiful bouncing boxer went in for a TPLO operation on 19th July 2006. We were not at all worried about it as she had gone through the same operation a couple of years before for her other leg. That operation was a total success, this one was not!! She came home two days after her TPLO weight bearing and looking pretty healthy, but three days later her leg became very swollen very quickly and I took her straight back to the veterinary specialists. She was immediately put onto a course of antibiotics and there she stayed for over a week while the vets waited for the swab results. It came back MRSA positive! I was horrified - it had not crossed my mind that she would have such a frightening bug. In total panic I went onto the internet and there I found The Bella Moss Foundation, Jill emailed me back almost immediately, what a relief it was to find such a wonderfully informed person who was able to give much more reassurance that the vets had been able to for fear of reprisals if all went wrong. Luckily the vets had put Maple onto the correct intravenous antibiotic immediately, and then on confirmation of the MRSA they implanted antibiotic beads into the infected area, and tapped her knee joint to check that was clear – it was. These were in place for 10 days during which Maple was in isolation and not able to come home as the wound was weeping. We did not see her for the first 10 days as every day I thought she would be coming home but upon confirmation of the MRSA we needed to see her. What a shock we had, she had dropped an enormous amount of weight and although very pleased to see us she was very poorly. We really thought that we would lose her. The vets were becoming increasingly worried about her lack of weight bearing on the leg and tapped her knee again 10 days after the previous tapping. The MRSA had invaded her knee joint! Another operation was needed to implant yet another string of beads. She stayed in for another 10 days, we went to see her every other day, but I felt this was only upsetting her even more so we stopped going. The wounds finally healed up and she came home for almost two weeks, we knew that the beads needed to be removed and were dreading her going back in, she had them removed and she came home the next day, only to go back two days later when the second wound erupted again. The MRSA was still in the knee joint, she underwent yet another operation to implant yet more beads into the joint, this time they left the wound open to drain fully. Three weeks later she was still in isolation and the wound was still weeping, but by now the discharge was clear - it was the joint fluid preventing the knee capsule from healing up. So yet again she had another operation to stitch up the hole. Eventually the wound stopped weeping and she came home. She had been in for a month this time. In total Maple was in hospital in isolation for 10 weeks barring the two weeks she came home in the middle. It has been the most emotional and worrying summer for all of us, but Jill and Mark were there for us for the entire time, constantly reassuring us that Maple would be OK as the infection had been caught so early. They were right. Maple is back to normal with a slight limp and a lack of muscle, but both should improve over time. We now live with the threat that the plate from the original TPLO operation (which is still in her leg) could flare up at any time, so we are being vigilant. Out vets admitted that Maple had had the most persistent case of MRSA that they had even experienced. I hope that Maple’s story will give hope and reassurance to anybody who’s pet is suffering with MRSA, it can be beaten! Keep up the good work, Jill; you are an inspiration to us all. Thank you.  

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