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  1. #11
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    From the website mentioned above:

    What do I do when my pet is diagnosed with MRSA Infection?

    1. People in contact with your pet:
    MRSA is not usually a problem for healthy people as they have a natural
    bacterial flora and their immune system to protect them. Some healthy people
    and pets even carry MRSA in their nose or mouth as part of their normal flora.
    However, if an individual has underlying health problems, they will be at
    increased risk for acquiring infection from contact with your pet just as from
    contact with MRSA-carrying people. You need to identify anyone in your
    household who might be at a higher risk and those individuals should not be
    involved in the daily care for your pet. You should discuss this with your GP by
    telling him or her that your pet has been diagnosed with MRSA infection.

    2. Risk of re-infection to your pet
    Your vet will have started your pet on medication to treat the MRSA
    infection (often antibiotic tablets, capsules, injections and sometimes creams). In
    some cases of wound infection, the infection can be resolved before the wound
    has healed completely. In those circumstances it is important to reduce MRSA
    from the environment to prevent MRSA contaminating the wound and starting
    infection again. While MRSA cannot survive on dry surfaces for very long,
    people, other animals in the house and the patient itself may all carry MRSA in
    the nostrils, in the mouth or on their fur without any harm to their bodies. In order
    to prevent re-infection of your pet from humans or other animals you can ask
    your GP to take a swab for MRSA from your nose and your vet may do the same
    with other pets living in your house (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 either treat it (your GP will advise you on this) or
    you can avoid contact with your pet or wear a mask to prevent MRSA transfer
    from you to your pet.

    3. Aftercare
    Wound management will be very similar to the handling of any other infected
    wound. Your vet will advise you on this (medication, collar, bandages etc) as
    each wound is different and needs individual assessment. However, should you
    encounter any problems in following your vet’s advice, for example, if your pet
    refuses to take the tablets or resists having the wound inspected, tell your vet
    immediately. MRSA infection is difficult to treat but for most animal patients,
    medication is still available for successful treatment provided it can be given
    correctly. Communication between you and your vet is very important in dealing
    with these infections and you should let your vets know if you are worried about
    the progress of wound healing (redness, discharge, odour) so that they can re-
    assess changes. Sometimes, repeated swabs or a change in medication
    becomes necessary as the bacteria involved in wound infections can change
    during therapy.

    4. Hygiene precautions
    The most important means of preventing the spread of any infection, including
    MRSA, is good hygiene. If your pet has been diagnosed with MRSA infection,
    hand washing, the single most important factor of preventing spread of bacteria
    amongst individuals, should be carried out before and after stroking your pet,
    before and after dealing with the wound, after coming home from work and
    before going out, in addition to the usual hand washing occasions during the day.
    Jewellery should be removed prior to handling your pet. Hands should be
    washed under warm flowing water using soap or an antiseptic solution (according
    to the manufacturers’ instructions if those are given). Take care to rub all areas of
    the skin thoroughly including the thumbs, finger tips and the back of your hands.
    This process should take one to two minutes before thorough rinsing. Hands
    should then be dried with disposable paper towels or frequently washed hand
    towel that is not used for other purposes.

    Bandages from your pet should be disposed of in separate plastic bin bags
    immediately. Avoid letting them lie around where they could be dragged around
    and avoid contact of the bandages with floors, furniture or bedding. It may be
    helpful to keep your pet confined to an area where floors can be wiped easily,
    e.g. a tiled room downstairs.

    In summary, general hygiene procedures such as cleanliness, frequent and
    thorough hand washing and careful handling of bandage material will aid the
    treatment of your pet’s MRSA infection. However, successful treatment will
    depend on a combination of various factors such as hygiene, appropriate
    medication and close monitoring of progress, which is where communication
    between you and your vet becomes very important.

    June 2005
    Anette Loeffler, MRCVS
    Cavaliers: Tansy : Mindy Connie Roxy Neasa Gus
    In memory: My beautiful Jaspar Lucy Leo Lily Libby

  2. #12
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    holy cow I had NO idea that dogs could get mRSA and that it was transmissible from canine to human ..! What prompted your vet to swab for this in the first place?

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you and Bella that everything goes smoothly and they are able to treat this quickly. I can't imagine what you must be feeling right now.

    I agree with Karlin to get to the specialist ASAP. I know from being in a medical profession that people who have an active infection are on isolation because it's so contagious.

    Please take care and good luck!!
    Sara, mommy to Kosmo ~ 4 year blenheim boy and Faith 3 year b/t girl *rescue*

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    You might want to call your own doctor as well to find out all precautions you should be taking.

    Any cuts in your skin, no matter how small, should be covered to protect yourself.
    Cathy Moon
    India(tri-F) Geordie(blen-M)Chocolate(b&t-F)Charlie(at the bridge)

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    First and foremost I want to say that I hope that Bella recovers from this quickly, I will most certainly be thinking of you until I hear that all is well, how awful!!

    Next, I have heard of a UK breeder, but for the life of me her name escapes me, who's Cavalier also had MRSA, I cannot recall the outcome as I was ill myself at the time, most sorry about that.

    Lastly, as Karlin has already said we do all carry the MRSA within us naturally, when I had a major op in Nov '06 I was given a leaflet about it, maybe this is also true of our furry friends too? It would seem so!

    Thinking of you both, a for the both of you!!
    Cavaliers leave pawprints in your heart and hair on everything else!!

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    Anyone who does pet therapy will probably be exposed to MRSA in a Nursing Home. Many elderly who have been hospitalized and come in new to the Home or return to the Home test positive for MRSA and, because of confidentiality, visitors are not aware of who has this or who doesn't have it. Can you co-exist with MRSA ?-staff does it all the time by strict hygiene. No one can honestly tell if their own immune system is A+ so all standards have to be followed all the time. I've specialed many greviously ill people who had to battle MRSA along with other illnesses.
    Learning new things everyday

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    The doctors in our community are telling patients to bathe in 1/4 cup of bleach in half a tub of water at least 3 times a week to prevent staph infections.
    Last edited by GinnyJ; 25th March 2008 at 07:20 PM.
    Mommy to Sophie (5yo/B&T), Sadie (5yo/Blen)
    & Tucker (3yo/B&T)

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    Oh my goodness. I hope she recovers soon.
    ~ Sam, Sonny & Beau ~


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