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What are Staph Infections?

Staph infections come in many types and cause damage to many parts of the body. Most common is an infection of the skin where a cut, wound or scratch has allowed bacteria from the environment to enter the body. Signs of a Staph infection often include pus at the wound site, redness and sensitivity of the surrounding skin, and crusting of the wound and surrounding skin. If left untreated, serious Staph infections may progress to septicemia (blood poisoning) and death.

Other sites of Staph infections include the lining of the heart, the brain and spinal cord, the kidneys and urinary system, and reproductive organs. These diseases usually present with fever and weakness as the primary symptom. Schedule a visit with the veterinarian if your dog is running a fever, seems unusually weak or lethargic, or has received a cut or scrape.

Bacteria in the staphylococcus genus are widespread and most are harmless. However, a select few such as S. aureus may cause infection of nearly any part of the body, called a “Staph infection” Sometimes, these infections can be resistant to antibiotics and depending on the location of the infection can pose a serious threat to the health of your pet.

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Symptoms of Staph Infections in Dogs

  • Pus in and around wound site
  • Redness and inflammation
  • Fever
  • Weakness and lethargy
  • Atypical behavior
  • Severe pain at wound site
  • Abnormal crusting/scaling of wound site
Types
  • Skin: pyoderma, dermatitis
  • Organs: metritis, discospondylitis, encephalitis, osteomyelitis, cystitis
  • Fascia: necrotizing fasciitis

Causes of Staph Infections in Dogs

  • Infected cut, scrape or wound
  • Contaminated material entering nose, mouth or eyes
  • Ingestion of contaminated material
  • Improperly sterilized medical equipment

Diagnosis of Staph Infections in Dogs

If an owner notices their pet experiencing a fever and exhibiting weakness and confusion, they should immediately contact a veterinarian. Once a wound is infected, it is not always possible for it to heal on its own.

A veterinarian will suspect a Staph infection if your pet has an infected wound or abscess producing pus, with redness of the surrounding area and pain disproportionate to the size of the injury. Swabs of the wound can be sent to the lab for culturing to definitively identify the cause, but most often this is not necessary, as the treatment for nearly every skin infection is antibiotic ointment sometimes given in conjunction with oral antibiotics.

The Staph genus can also be responsible for infections of almost every major organ. Urinary tract infections are commonly caused by Staph, and present with pain on urination, bloody urine (hematuria) and cloudy, discolored or foul-smelling urine. A veterinarian may request a urine sample for culture, microscopic examination, or perform additional testing as needed. In rare cases, Staph can infect the disks between vertebra in the spinal column, and/or the bone itself. This causes significant pain along with fever, swelling and weight loss. If the inflammation is great enough to compress the spinal cord, tremors and lack of coordination may also appear. The veterinarian may order X-rays, a spinal tap, or blood cultures to definitively diagnose the illness.

The rarest, and most serious form of internal infection is necrotizing fasciitis. Occasionally caused by Staph pseudintermedius, this is a disease of the fascial tissue holding muscles and organs in their place, and quickly becomes systemic. Necrotizing fasciitis progresses rapidly and may require surgical debridement or amputation of affected limbs, and is often fatal. However, this disease is incredibly rare and unlikely to affect most dogs with Staph infections.

Treatment of Staph Infections in Dogs

The primary treatment for Staph infections is antibiotics. In the case of skin infection, an antibiotic cream will most likely be prescribed, and possibly oral antibiotics to prevent the infection from spreading internally. Topical cream should be applied until the wound has healed, and a course of oral antibiotics should be taken in its entirety to avoid the possibility of re-infection.

In the case of an internal infection, a variety of treatments in conjunction with antibiotics are possible, and will depend on the specific case. Insertion of stents to drain excess fluid, surgical intervention, and removal of necrotic tissue may be warranted at the discretion of a veterinarian.

Recovery of Staph Infections in Dogs

As long as the owner administers the medication as directed and the pet is kept in adequately warm, sanitary conditions, Staph infections of the skin usually heal completely in a matter of days or weeks. Rarely, an infection may be resistant to the given antibiotic, and so a course of multiple antibiotics will be prescribed.

The outlook for internal infections tends to be less positive- antibiotics alone cannot curb the damage infection can cause to organ structures and surrounding tissue. With the appropriate therapy as prescribed by a veterinarian, there is a significant chance of recovery in most cases.

Cost of Staph Infections in Dogs

Staph infections can most commonly be a skin infection or an internal infection. For most staph infections classified as skin infections, the veterinarian will prescribe an antibiotic cream (Mupirocin $15 on average) to help combat the infection. The veterinarian may prescribe oral antibiotics ($10-$30) as well. If the staph infection is caused by an internal infection then there could be more extensive treatments done. In addition to oral antibiotics ($10-$30), the veterinarian may combat the internal infection with stents ($100-$130) to drain any fluid buildup. Surgery ($1,000-$2,500) may also be an option in order to remove any necrotic tissue.

Staph Infections Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Chrissy
Sitzpoo
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I’m in hospital I have gotten Staph pseudintermedius
From my dog What is the best way to treat her It seems my vet is not sure how or even to treat her or for me to more preventative A culture was done on me and after 4 days of IV antibiotics they are letting me go home any help would be appreciated

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Staphylococcus pseudintermedius is a common pathogen found in dogs and is usually treated with garden variety antibiotics; however, if Chrissy has MRSP (meticillin resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius) the a culture and sensitivity test should be done to look for a suitable antibiotic for treatment. I would suggest calling your nearest Veterinary School to speak with their Microbiology Department. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/managing-mrsa-mrsp-and-mrss-dermatologic-infections-pets

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Tilly
Dachshund
5-6 years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Itching
Itching ,rashes, loss of appetite

My dog itches a lot to the point that she pulls out the hair or cut her own skin. She has pimples like rashes on her lower body. And she has stopped eating from last couple of days. I dont know the exact reason but I guess the flea collar caused this to her as she had fleas but hardly any at this point. I thought its just an allergy and it will go away on its own but nothing has inproved. I want to know how much will it cost for her check up(Texas) and if there is any home remedy or low cost treatment for her problem.
Any help will be appreciated.
Thank you

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Tilly is scratching herself to the point of self mutilation then I would recommend that you visit your Veterinarian since it would be advisable to check for underlying causes and to possibly receive some antibiotics in case of pyoderma/secondary infection. Texas is a big state with a consultation costing as much as $90; however, depending on where in Texas you live there are lower cost options for an examination from as low as $21 to $39 with any treatment on top, see the links below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://vetsaverspethospital.com/dog-pricing/ http://kaawsclinic.com/services-pricing/wellness/wellness-services.html

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Leila
Pittbull mix
3
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Staph

I have been getting reoccurring staph infections for over six months now. My doctor's next move is to have me swab my four animals(two cats two dogs) to see if they are carriers of this. If I only want the simple swab testing done, what would be a round-about price? None of them suffer from any symptoms of a staph infection themselves.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Staphylococcus is found in many asymptomatic animals and people with one study putting 8.8% of dogs as carriers (with samples which were more antibiotic resistant) and 24% of people. For testing, bacterial identification by swabbing is relatively cheap; the University of Connecticut (for example) charges only $37 for bacterial identification and an additional $18 for antibiotic sensitivity (may be useful for your Physician). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2870875/
http://cvmdl.uconn.edu/resources/feeschedule.php (first two options under Microbiology)

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Paris
Bull Terrier
6
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Skin Swelling
Pustules
Pustules all over feet face legs and head

My dog has MRSP & has been receiving treatment for a year & it's getting worse! We are going having to see another specialist, but she is in pain & I hate seeing her suffer. What are the chances this will be healed?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1811 Recommendations

MRSP (Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius) infections are not necessarily more severe than garden variety Staphylococcus infections, but are difficult to treat if not treated promptly. Correct identification and antibiotic sensitivity testing (may show susceptibility to some antibiotics during testing but resistant during treatment). Statistically, if a suitable treatment is found, treatment can be measured over a period of weeks; I wouldn’t like to give a prognosis on Paris’ case due to the nature of the infection. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22364681

Hi Dr Callum,
Paris has been tested 3 times & tried antibiotics. They work for a little while then they stop working. Her current antibiotics have made her vomit & have diarrhoea so I have stopped them in the advice of our vet until we see the new specialist on Monday. It is so heart breaking seeing her like this :(
Thank you for your response!

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Roscoe
German Shorthaired Pointer
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

skin irritation, itching scratching

Medication Used

Antibiotics

Our dog gets cysts that are some kind of staph infection. He has at least 30 to 40 of these cysts all over his body. When one bursts he gets fluid buildup. What can be done for this condition? The vet gives us antibiotics but the cysts never go away.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1811 Recommendations

An important question is are the cysts sebaceous cysts which get infected by Staph or are the cysts caused by Staph? Topical creams and systemic antibiotics are the best course of treatment, culture and sensitivity to identify a suitable antibiotic may be required if the prescribed antibiotics are in effective. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buddy
pitbull
8wks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lumps under chin.face swollen like fever bl7ste
Ciproflaxin

Medication Used

Ciprofloxacin

Wat else can i do he is just so weak

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1811 Recommendations

Treatment of Staphylococcus can be a long process over a few weeks (three to four), depending on the type of lesions topical creams and medicated shampoos may help when used in conjunction with systemic antibiotics. Ensuring Buddy stays hydrated and is receiving an adequate amount of food is important. A discussion with your Veterinarian about other options would be useful. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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rex
gsd
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

tierd, itch, scratch, biting, hair loss from thi

my gsd is 10 since we moved from ill to tn he has severe allergies he gets a med bath weekly and the new ac1 injection every 30 days yet he is getting staph!!!!! hes on simplicef 200mg 1.5 a day for 10 days. question how is he getting staph?? my house is spotless i am obsessive with it and i use clorox/water mix on floors and keep their beds washed weekly or as needed. the area for them to potty in is limestone gravel. my vet and i are ready to pull our hair out we can not figure this out please help.. is there a test that i can do in my house or should i use a different vet grade cleaner. im desperate please help us.. he is crabby, tired, sore, no energy hes up all night digging at himself.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1811 Recommendations

There are a variety of environmental tests (designed for the food industry) which you could carry out in your home, but if Rex is still getting infections, short of putting him in a bubble I cannot see the benefit of them; environmental pathogens are all around, it is just a case of keeping them at bay. I cannot think of any reason for the recurrence apart from the effectiveness of the antibiotic, short of performing sensitivity testing on the Staphylococcus to determine a more effective antibiotic, I cannot think of anything further, I am sorry I cannot be more useful. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Princeton
American Pit Bull Terrier
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Papules
Circling
Redness
Eye Tearing
Wound
Lethargy

What is an average price range for a staph infection remedy for my dog if he has Moderate symptoms? What is the name or brand of prescription needed to treat a mild case? Can a dog take a Hunan beings prescription if it's specifically for staph infection.how do I determine the severity of it.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1811 Recommendations

Please visit your Veterinarian to determine if the infection is staphylococcus, to check Princeton’s general health and to make sure that he doesn’t have any other condition that may be suppressing his immune system. I cannot diagnose or prescribe any medication without examining Princeton myself. As far as treatment, I am unable to comment because different Veterinarian’s and medications have different prices; price may also be different depending on location. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Wow.....$1000-$2500 for surgery. Ive been hospitalized for weeks due to staph and had to undergo surgery and it wasn't anywhere near that much! Vets and dentist(not all of them) are nothing short of modern day scam artist who specialize in extortion. Vets know if your furry friend has an illness you only have 2 options. Let them die or cough up the cash.

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