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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections in 11 dogs
  1. J. Tomlin, BSc, BVetMed,MRCVS1,
  2. M. J. Pead, BVetMed, PhD,MRCVS1,
  3. D. H. Lloyd, BVetMed, PhD,FRCVS1,
  4. S. Howell, BSc, PhD2,
  5. F. Hartmann, MS,MT(ASCP)3,
  6. H. A. Jackson, BVM&S,DVD, MRCVS4 and
  7. P. Muir, BVSc, PhD, MRCVS1
  1. 1 Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, The Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms AL9 7TA
  2. 2 United Medical and Dental School of Guy's and St Thomas's Hospital, St John's Institute of Dermatology, Department of Microbiological Diseases, St Thomas's Hospital, Lambeth Palace Road, London SEI 7EH
  3. 3 University of Wisconsin- Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, 2015 Linden Drive West, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, USA
  4. 4 North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 4700 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27606, USA


Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection was identified in 11 dogs. The infection was associated with surgical treatment, especially orthopaedic surgery. Infection after traumatic wounding, and recurrent pyoderma was also seen. Oral antibiotic treatment improved or resolved the infection in nine of the 11 dogs, although the methicillin-resistant isolates were susceptible to relatively few antibiotics.

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