Dog’s skin condition may need a specialist

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My dog keeps getting hot spots. Do dogs get MRSA?

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My dog keeps getting hot spots. Do dogs get MRSA?

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Dogs almost never have symptoms from MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus), but they have their own resistant form of staph: MRSI (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus intermedius), also known as MRSP (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus pseudintermedius).

Unfortunately, it can cause as many problems for them as MRSA does for us.

Your first step is to have your veterinarian culture the hot spots and determine if there are resistant organisms present. If so, you should ask for a referral to a veterinary dermatologist; resistant skin infections are very tough to treat, and veterinary dermatologists are the ones with the most experience in treating them.

Your veterinarian may also be able to treat your dog in consultation with the specialist.

While oral antibiotics are usually given, some research suggests that topical treatment might be more effective. Ask the dermatologist about bathing the dog every day with 4 percent chlorhexidine shampoo or other topical therapies to use with, or instead of, oral medication.

If your dog has other conditions that cause skin problems, such as allergies or hypothyroidism, these should also be addressed by your veterinarian.

– Dr. Marty Becker with Christie Keith

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/07/03/4606022/dogs-skin-condition-may-need-a.html#storylink=cpy

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