MRSA infections, more correctly known as methicillin-resistant Staph aureus infections, are being reported more commonly in human health circles. But what you may not know is that these antibiotic resistant bacterial infections can also affect your pets under the right circumstances.
The First Reported Case of a MRSA Infection Related Death in a Dog
In 2004, Bella chased a squirrel and, while doing so, she injured her knee. This injury began a cascade of events that lead to surgery, infection and eventually the death of this beautiful dog. Bella, according to her owner, Jill Moss, was the first dog reported to have suffered from a MRSA infection.
After Bella’s death, Jill founded The Bella Moss Foundation as a means of educating both pet owners and veterinarians of the dangers of MRSA infections and other similar types of infections. The Foundation is Jill’s way of making sure that Bella’s death did not happen in vain.
MRSA Infections in Dogs and Cats: How Serious Are They?
While MRSA infections do occur in both dogs and cats, there are some simple precautions that can be taken to help reduce the risk that your pet will contract one of these antibiotic resistant bacterial infections.
Making certain that your veterinarian employs proper wound handling methods and uses proper sterilization procedures, particularly in the surgery room, is one step. Using solid sanitary procedures at home is another. In many cases, particularly in healthy pets, MRSA and similar types of infections can be easily prevented.
While MRSA infections and similar types of infections can be quite serious for affected dogs and cats, they are treatable conditions, particularly if diagnosed early and treated appropriately.
This week, Jill Moss, founder of The Bella Moss Foundation, joined me to talk about the mission of the foundation and to share some basic information about MRSA infections. You’ll find our interview below. Once you’ve listened to the interview, be sure to check out some of the resources at The Bella Moss Foundation. There is a ton of great information there.
For now, sit back, relax and enjoy the interview. And don’t forget to join us next week here at Animal Cafe. We have another great interview lined up for your pleasure. You won’t want to miss it!