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Small animal disease surveillance
Small animal disease surveillance: pruritus, and coagulase-positive staphylococci
  1. Fernando Sánchez-Vizcaíno1,
  2. David Singleton1,
  3. Philip H. Jones1,
  4. Bethaney Heayns1,
  5. Maya Wardeh1,
  6. Alan D. Radford1,
  7. Vanessa Schmidt2,
  8. Susan Dawson2,
  9. Peter J. M. Noble2 and
  10. Sally Everitt3
  1. 1Institute of Infection and Global Health,
  2. 2School of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool, Leahurst Campus, Chester High Road, Neston CH64 7TE, UK
  3. 3BSAVA, Woodrow House, 1 Telford Way, Waterwells Business Park, Quedgeley, Gloucestershire GL2 2AB, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sánchez-Vizcaíno, e-mail: fsvb{at}
  • Dr Sánchez-Vizcaíno and Dr Wardeh are also affiliated to the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections, The Farr Institute@HeRC, University of Liverpool, Waterhouse Building, Liverpool L69 3GL, UK


  • Presentation for pruritus comprised 6.5 per cent, 3.6 per cent and 2.0 per cent of canine, feline and rabbit consultations, respectively, between January 2014 and June 2016

  • Topical antimicrobials were the most commonly prescribed pruritus treatments for dogs (33.6 per cent of consultations); for cats, it was systemic glucocorticoids (53.5 per cent)

  • In surveillance of coagulase-positive staphylococci, 16 per cent of 176 coagulase-positive staphylococci isolated from canine diagnostic samples were sensitive to all tested antibacterial classes; multidrug resistance (resistance to three or more antibacterial classes) was found in 6.8 per cent

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