Staph infection in dogs


Staph infections are common in dogs and they are caused by the bacteria known as Staphylococcus. Since, this bacteria being extremely opportunistic and robust, they are present everywhere else; hence, they commonly found on the skin of people and animals.  It occurs only because of polluted area and its surrounding. In general, Staph bacteria do not cause any significant problems, until, a person’s or animal’s skin would become irritated or else their immune system is being compromised. Hence, once it got provoked, the bacteria will start to invade and multiply within the host body. And that will cause infection, which may arise either in the upper respiratory tract or on the skin. The medical term that mentioned for staph infection in dogs is known as Staphylococcal Dermatitis.

How staph infection affects dog?

Usually, dogs with this infection will tend to bite, lick and scratch their own skin as a reason of allergies, presence of parasites and so on. So this condition has seems to be absolutely normal, until, the dog experience excessive scratching and licking because of staph infections. Sometimes, this condition may results into an irritated or broken skin, which can be a right place for the breeding ground of bacteria.

Similarly, younger and older dogs are more prone to staph infections, due to their weak immune system. Hence, the staph bacteria can easily affect their body, thus finally leads to diseased condition, since, their immune system is being compromised. Even sometimes, this infection will severly can affect the dog.

Staph infection symptoms while get affecting

You can easily notice for the staph infection in your dog; they typically come out as raised red pustules on the skin surface, which looks almost like a pimple. Meanwhile, another existing form of staph infections, also seems like a circular pustules. In which they will develop a crust around its edges, and even with the presence of visible hair loss in the center part. Whenever, your dog is suffering from a severe staph infection, they may also show off other symptom, which includes:

  • Fever.
  • Pain at the pustules.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Itching and scratching.
  • Secondary infections, such as infection in the eyes, ears, and also in respiratory system.

How to diagnose staph infection?

If you assume that your pet is suffering from a staphylococcus infection; then it is very important to provide the necessary treatment, in a right away as per the vet’s advice. Since, the Staph bacteria is susceptible to multiply, they could make your dog, to become sicker. So, it is important to begin the treatment as much as earlier.

Hence, your vet will suggest physical examination for dog that will help them to diagnose it properly. It involves the clinical examination of skin biopsy or bacteria cultures. Thereby, they can diagnose the exact underlying condition, which may be due to allergies, staph infection, or any other causes.

Once the vet identified the underlying causes for this infection, which can be parasites, allergies, fleas, ticks, or other chemical irritants Then, the vet will start the immediate treatment, before he proceed to treat the  staph infection. This is because, in case if the underlying cause of this infection is not well treated, there are more chances of staph infection to come back.

In case, if your dog don’t have any underlying causes; otherwise, if your dog has been already got treated; in those instance, the vet will prescribe, a course of antibiotics for several weeks. Meanwhile, together with those antibiotics, the vet will also prescribe some external medication such as antibacterial shampoos and other external ointment It will be helpful for clearing up both the infection and as well as to get relieve from itching and scratching too.  These things will allow your dog to stay highly comfortable. Even though, the treatment has been got completed, the staph infection may occur again, even if you pet has no underlying cause. This will usually happen, when there is an allergy to the staph bacteria, hence the pustules could come back again. Moreover, this infectious condition may look similar to a staph infection, but it is a different condition, which is known as “staph hypersensitivity”. And this is a chronic condition, where you dog needs for a regular vet visit to receive small injections of the staph bacteria. By adopting this treatment method to your pet, their immune system will become more immune to these bacteria. This method of therapy is called desensitization therapy and it will work well in many dogs, who suffers from Staphylococcus hypersensitivity. Whereas, in some dogs they still requires the long duration use of antibiotics and medicated shampoos.


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