MRSA has the symptoms with staph infection, the difference is in the treatment. Staph respond almost immediately to treatment while MRSA will not responded to antibiotics treatment. So if you notice that the staph infection on your dog is not going but getting worse even after treatment, then you know it's MRSA which requires a visit to the veterinarian. Here are the most common symptoms;
- Skin ulcers
- Pus-filled blisters
- Scaling skin
- Discoloration of the skin
- Small, red bumps or boils
- Bulls-eye shaped lesions
MRSA is as a result of inappropriate use of antibiotics to viral or fungus infections which naturally cannot be treated with antibiotics. A low dosage won't remove all the bacteria and an overdose might lead to the bacteria modifying its immune system to become adapted to most antibiotics thereby causing a prolonged and concentrated bacterial infection (MRSA)
MRSA are normally treated in dogs with costly antibiotics found at a veterinarian. This drug was manufactured mainly for human with life threatening MRSA but are also used on dogs to eliminate the infection. An infected dog must be quarantined in a clean environment separated from the main house, contacts with such dog must also be reduced to avoid transmission to human (the infection is zoonotic). Probiotics is recommended rather than antibiotics because unlike antibiotics which kills all the bacteria present, some good bacteria are left behind after the actions of probiotics. Supplements in diet or total dietary change is advised for the dog, which might increase its immunity to fight off the infection naturally.
MRSA can be prevented by constant grooming, maintaining a clean environment and taking immune boosting diets but in any case you noticed any symptoms of this deadly infection, visit a veterinarian as quick as possible for treatment.