MRSA is a dangerous, possibly deadly staph infection because it is grown resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat it.
Dogs can become infected with MRSA as the infection is transmitted from humans to dogs and back. Like humans, a dog that is sick and has his immune system compromised is much more likely to contract the infection. The MRSA infection can be speeded by direct contact, by airborne bacteria, due to an unclean environment or by coughing and sneezing in the open air, without covering the mouth.
Signs that a dog has MRSA infection
If you want to know if your dog has MRSA infection all you have to do is look at his skin. Look for:
- Dead tissue, red skin and skin lesion. Usually the skin is inflamed and filled with pus;
- Wounds that are painful and scratchy, often with swelling around it;
- Crusty formation around wounds looking like dried pus; the wounds won’t heal on their own but will from this crust;
- The dog will be scratching all the time and feels like the skin is inching; the scratching will only aggravate the wounds and spread the bacterium all over his body.
- The dog is losing a lot of hair; with MRSA infection is inevitable but it’s also a good thing since that will expose the wounds and make it more noticeable.
Diagnosis in a dog with MRSA
If you observed all or some of the symptoms above in your dog and you suspect that he is infected with MRSA you should ask your veterinary to perform some tests. You can do a blood test or urine test or you can take some samples of the pus from your dog’s wounds and test it. All of that will have conclusive results and will tell you exactly what kind of infection your dog has and if it’s MRSA.
Remember that MRSA infections resembles any other common staph infection so it might be possible that your dog it is not infected with MRSA but with another staph. Also you should now that if you are in a hurry, you can find out the result in about two hours with the new available test on the market called BD GeneOHm test, just ask your vet about it.
Treat your dog for MRSA
MRSA infection is a drug resistant infection so your dog may need higher doses of the antibiotic or taking the medicine for a longer period of time.
Also, for the duration of the treatment it is advisable to isolate the dog from human contact, especially if you have kids. Kids don’t have the immune system completely developed and may easily get the infection.
The wound of your dog must be treated with an antiseptic cleaner and kept fully covered at all times. The person responsible for treating the dog wounds should take extra precaution with his personal hygiene. Wear rubber gloves, gowns and use paper tissue that you dispose immediately after. Wash your hands and take a shower after you entered in contact with your dog.