5 Things Every Pet Owner Needs to Know About MRSA Infections

Both people and pets can get MRSA without showing any symptoms. Carriers who show no signs are considered “colonized” with MRSA, and they can still infect other pets and people.

Some pets are at a higher risk of contracting MRSA. Pets with compromised immune systems — such as very young or very old animals — and pets with injuries or diseases may be more susceptible to MRSA infections. Healthy pets can be exposed to MRSA if they visit human hospitals and nursing homes or if they live with people who work in these settings.

MRSA infections in pets can be successfully treated in most cases. The bacteria should first be diagnosed with a bacterial culture, followed by a sensitivity test to determine the most effective antibiotic. Pets who are simply colonized with MRSA will usually clear the bacteria on their own in a few weeks without treatment, but it’s best to isolate them from people and other pets with compromised immune systems.

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