By JoNel Aleccia
updated 5:00 p.m. ET, Wed., March. 12, 2008
When MRSA won't wane, check the family pet
Suspicions about that calico on the couch are being raised this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. German scientists reported that a woman endured a series of nasty abscesses caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, known as MRSA, until a veterinarian screened -- and treated -- the family cat.
It's not an isolated case, or critter, according to researchers in the U.S. and Canada who are studying the connection between pets, people and this dangerous, drug-resistant bug linked to more than 94,000 infections and nearly 19,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2005...."
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Dogs and MRSA
08/25/2009: Fbdog from Chicago, IL: "My little 10 yr old dog was cultured with MRSA. Our holistic vet is trying something that she has never done before, but it will not be as hard on his kidneys as the injectable antibiotic. Hope this works, he has been through so much and has been so good with the nebulaizer."Replies
01/25/2010: Luckyseattlegirl from Seattle, Wa Usa replies: "I have been in the hospital many times from having staph/mrsa infections and I'm a very clean person and I keep my scrapes and cuts clean as well. I have been treated for mrsa every time but the infection has come back. I was told to cure my dog of MRSA because she could be colonizing it and that could be why I keep getting the MRSA infections. I am desperate for a cure so if anyone has any good advice please let me know. One thing I found out recently is that here in the Puget Sound waters there has been tests done and they found MRSA in the waters. I have not brought my dog to the beaches and since then I have not had any MRSA infections. I still want to cure her though just in case. When I call the doctors and let them know I want to do a MRSA treatment on my pet the people at the vet clinics have acted like they have not come across these kinds of issues before. Kind of shocking huh? Any ideas?"
02/05/2010: Debbie from Philadelphia, Pa replies: "Did this work for your dog? I have a 12 year old dog that is on mega-doses of antibiotics. I'd be interested in hearing if this vets treatments are helping your dog."
03/13/2010: Luckyseattlegirl from Seattle, Washington State replies: "I HAVE NOT YET FOUND A VET THAT DOES MRSA TREATMENT. I HOWEVER HAVE HAD MRSA SO IF YOU NOTICE YOUR DOG DOES THEN I WOULD CALL AROUND BEFORE PICKING A VET CLINIC AND SEEING IF THEY TREAT DOGS OR CATS WITH MRSA. IM SURE THEY WILL GIVE YOU A BIG BILL. DOES YOUR DOG HAVE SYMPTOMS OF MRSA? HERE IN THE PUGET SOUND IN WASHINGTON STATE, THERE HAS BEEN TRACES OF MRSA FOUND ON THE BEACHES AND IN THE WATER. SINCE I HAVE STOPPED GOING TO THE BEACHES HERE AND TAKING MY DOG THERE FOR A SWIM, I HAVE NOT HAD ANY MRSA OR AWFUL STAPH INFECTIONS. I THINK THATS WHY I WAS GETTING THEM WAS FROM THE PUGET SOUND WATER."
03/15/2012: Jana from Pompano Beach, Florida: "My little yorkie was diagnosed third time in last six months with MRSA. Any advice for natural remedies? I stop giving her antibiotics because she got very sick from them and they did not help anyway."