Pet Staph Facts
Some pets will break out with pimple-like Staph infections and infected hair follicles, if their immune systems are stressed. The lesions can look like hives, because they make the hair stick up on the bumps. On areas with little or no hair, the lesions can look like a ringworm – a circular patch with a crusty leading edge and sometimes a dark center.
There are two typical Staph lesions:
- One type begins as a red area on the skin with a pimple-like pustule in the center.
- The other type is a circular, reddish area with a crusty edge and loss of hair in the center. This can easily be confused with ringworm.
Finding either of these skin patterns in a pet that is scratching is highly suggestive of Staph.
Pet Staph Facts : Can Pets Get MRSA?
MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a form of Staph, is a bacterium that lives among us, with other different types of bacteria and usually without any harmful side effects. They usually don’t affect us or our pets, unless we or our pets have underlying health problems or a weakened immune system. MRSA can enter the body through a scratch, bug bite, or any breaks in the skin that is left untreated. Staphis known to cause infections in pets and humans from minor skin abscesses to life-threatening causes. MRSA in pets is very rare, but today, it’s becoming a growing problem for people and pets.
Staphylococcus is gram positive bacteria and under a microscope, the bacteria appears to be round and gathered in grape-like clusters. Because this bacteria is known to build resistance to antibiotics, any infection can be very difficult to treat. MRSA can spread easily from person to person, from person to animal, or animal to person.
Pet Staph Facts: Can Staph come back?
This situation may be caused by an allergy to the Staph bacteria. This is called Staph hypersensitivity or Staph allergy. The skin lesions that are caused by this disease are identical to those of a Staph dermatitis, the only difference is recurrence. If Staph dermatitis is treated properly, the underlying cause is eliminated and itching is stopped, the bacterial skin disease should be eliminated. This situation may return if itching returns. However, when and animals with Staph hypersensitivity is treated, the skin lesions may return within a few days or weeks.
Since differentiation of Staph dermatitis and Staph hypersensitivity is based largely on recurrence, it is very important that treatment be continued long enough to resolve issues with either case. If not, there will still be a question of which disease is present. Click here to visit our Pets’BestRx Staph treatment page for products that work even when the situation is antibiotic resistant, such as our Medicated Pet Wash.
The problem with controlling staph out breaks is two-fold, the staph treatment for the skin, and the staph treatment for the environment. A main component to staph recurrence is the fact that mainly pets become reinfected from their environment. A pet may be completely cured of staph, and be reinfected by coming into contact with the staph virus in their environment, from items such as pet bedding, a toy, furniture, or even the floors in your house. This is why it is just as important to clean your environment with an antibacterial cleaner, such as our PuraCleenRx Disinfectant Spray.
Pet Staph Facts: Staph in Puppies
The onset of puberty coincides with hormones changing. Just like in a human teenager, you may even see some acne around and/or under the puppy’s chin, this is normal. Some symptoms of this are bumps breaking open and bleeding, or hemorrhaging a pus or watery substance, or if you see signs of a rash on the belly and underside of the ears, redness in the haw of the eyes, bloodshot eyes, or bumps on the coat which will cause the hair to rise. These are usually signs of a staph infection.
Staph infections can be introduced into your puppy’s system in a number of ways. They can acquire a staph infection from drinking in the toilet, picking up something on their feet (usually feces) and then licking their feet, or just from a single flea bite. As your puppy matures, usually by the age of two, it will be less likely to acquire staph infections.
It is not uncommon for a puppy to get staph infections but it is always best to treat them before it becomes a problem. You can use PetsBestRx antimicrobial products, such as those found in the Staph Super Pack, along with Pet vitamins to help care for your pet, and possibly prevent any future staph infections.
Staph infections are easily treated with our PetsBestRx products, but they can become life threatening if left untreated, because they can become systemic. Systemic means that the staph infection is no longer confined to just the skin. It goes into the dog’s bloodstream and infects the entire body. It is always better to be safe rather than sorry.
Yeast & Staph Infections in your Pets’ Ears
Initial treatment involves cleaning the ears and treating the animals with medications that will eradicate the yeast and bacteria, such as PetsBestRx’s Medicated Pet Wash and Healing & Protection Spray. Yeast and Staph will never totally be removed from the ear, so dogs with these infections may need consistent on-going preventative measure against re-occurrence. Most of these infections can be prevented by cleaning the ears on a regular basis. Do not clean ears with water, saline, or hydrogen peroxide on these types of infections. Severe infections or infections secondary to allergies may lead to chronic infections.
Treatment of bacterial infections (other than staph) in your pets’ ears often requires aggressive topical products, as well as oral antibiotics, such as our Pet vitamins. Underlying causes must be determined and treated if a long-term resolution is to be achieved. Rechecking the animals on a regular basis is critical. Severe cases may only be controlled with surgery; while others may require long-term antibiotic therapy.
Differences between colonization and infection:
Being colonized is not the same as getting infected. Colonization means that the staph bacteria is carried in more than one place on our body or our pets’ body without having any adverse effects or illnesses. Colonies can live on any skin areas especially on the hands, inside the nose, throat, underarms, perineum, or in the bowels. Colonizations can usually be identified on you or your pet through analysis of a swab, from you or your pet. Once you find out if you, your pet, or other family members carry MRSA, you can either treat it, avoid contact with your pet or wear mask and/or gloves to prevent MRSA transfer from you to your pet.
When your pet becomes infected, the Staph bacteria enters the body in an open wound, including bug bites, scratches, cuts, etc. Infection happens when the invading bacteria multiplies rapidly, pouring toxins into the blood stream and damaging the surrounding tissue causing illnesses. If symptoms or signs of illness occurs, you must take precautions and treat your pet immediately. Early treatment can help save your pet’s life.
If your pet has experienced a skin staph infection, they may also have a yeast infection. PetsBestRx antimicrobial Staph products are effective for both the staph infection and the yeast infection.
Some of the most common ways Pets can become colonized and infected include:
- Physical contact with owners
- Physical contact with other animals
- By air currents
- By sneezing and coughing
- Vet staff who fail to wash their hands after coming in contact with a colonized animal
- Surgical sites can become infected by bacteria falling from skin into the wound, from contaminated hands and/or objects or by droplets from an uncovered mouth or nose
- Hydrotherapy pools can cause infection if not cleaned properly
- Inflamed skin due to allergies
When your pet is being colonized or infected you do not have to separate them from the other pets unless they have some sort of illnesses or immune system problems. It is possible for the transmission of the colonization to infect other pets, but the problem is unlikely to arise if the animal is healthy.
Good hygiene is the best way to prevent spreading of any infection.
Because Staphylococcus Aureus and other bacteria are present on 90% of Staph infections, this bacteria seems to bind more readily to skin that is inflamed and can make the inflammation worse because they secrete substances called super antigens. These allergy-inducing substances activate the immune cells in the skin, causing them to release substances that further increase inflammation. Controlling the number of these bacteria on the skin can help control the infection. That’s why Pets’BestRx offers the perfect antimicrobial solutions!
Pets’BestRx Medicated Pet Wash replaces soaps and offers the perfect antimicrobial agent to disinfect the skin and eliminate the Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria. It begins working immediately and the smell from infection is quickly eliminated. In severe cases, it is necessary to bathe your pet repeatedly in the medicated soak. However, more often than not one soak is sufficient.
Pets’BestRx Healing Gel offers the perfect solution when you want to treat your pet quickly and safely. The solution offers a quick healing environment and provides a protective glove for up to 6 hours against other bacteria.
Pets’BestRx Healing & Protection Spray is great when used throughout the day as a skin sterilizer and has an added benefit of itch relief.
PuraCleenRx Disinfectant Spray is a multi-purpose environmental cleaning spray. Its antimicrobial properties supplement our Pets’BestRx topical pet skin products, to form a complete solution to help protect your pets’ environment from not only Staph infections, but other skin ailments, such as Ringworm, Mange, and Ear Mites.