|Staph Infection is fast emerging as a major canine skin disease
in dogs. Staphylococcus is the genus that contains the staph bacteria
and the Staphylococci is responsible for the staph infections in dogs.
Dogs are quite sensitive to infections and that may result from
bacteria, viruses, parasites or dog allergy
towards certain substances. Is staph infection in dogs contagious?
Well, generally, it has been found that humans and other pets do not get
staph infection, however, there is no harm in taking necessary
Causes of Staph Infection in Dogs
The probable causes of the staph infection in dogs are known to be the following
- Allergies to the dog, from food and dust contact or dog fleas.
- Emotional stress due to poor dog care.
- Poor immune system due to unhealthy diet or a weak immune system in dogs.
- Hypothyroidism or other hormonal problems.
- A poor health record.
Symptoms of Staph Infection In Dogs
The symptoms of staph infection in dogs are as follows.
- Red and ulcerated skin
- The trunk is the most affected part of the dog's body. They may show crusty and hard skin lesion in the belly area.
- Severe rashes on the skin, in the advanced stages.
- The chin, nose and feet are commonly affected areas that may develop rashes.
- Blisters filled with pus and blisters filled with blood are commonly observed.
- Scaling and discolored spots on the skin.
- Lethargy and sluggishness in dog behavior.
- Hair loss at a rapid rate.
Diagnosis of Staph Infection In Dogs
The diagnosis of staph infection in dogs involves studying the history
of the dog's health and earlier skin infections. A complete physical
examination is essential in order to investigate all parts of the body,
where the skin rashes and other symptoms may exist. The veterinarian can
take tests such as skin scrapping and complete blood counts (CBCs),
while allergy testing methods can help to diagnose the possible causes.
Generally, microscopic tests of the cell can help the veterinarian to
differentiate between the bacterial or fungal infection and give a
better understanding of the disease. An intact pustule can be very
helpful in knowing the exact cause and hence the treatment for the
infection. Another technique that is considered to be fruitful, is the
skin biopsy. In the skin biopsy, removal and deep examination of the
skin tissue is performed. Refer to a veterinarian, before giving your
dog any medication on your own, especially without any prior experience
of handling a diseased dog. After all, your pet's dog health is of utmost importance.
Treatment for Staph Infection In Dogs
In most of the cases, the dog is usually given medication on the advise
of the veterinarian. The initial measures involve the removal of the
hair from the parts that have skin lesions or rashes. Removing hairs
helps in applying ointments and other creams, that are helpful in
improving the condition of the skin. The veterinarian will suggest
certain antibiotics that can help to provide relief to the dog, from the
skin inflammation and rashes. However, not all antibiotics can be
useful, consult the veterinarian before you rush to visit the nearest
vet shop. Cleanliness itself is a primary criteria for the treatment of
your dog. Wash your dog with shampoos that are specifically meant for
the purpose of treating skin infections. Regularly wash your dog when it
is under the treatment process, by using antibiotic shampoos like
benzoyl peroxide. Apply bandages on the parts of the dog that show
wounds or on the scratches that have been formed due to blisters. Don't
forget to use antiseptic creams.
Skin staph infection in dogs can reoccur if there is negligence on the
part of the pet owner. So, make sure you keep the area or the dog kennel,
where your dog stays, clean and hygienic. During the treatment period,
it is advised to keep the dog in a separate area, so that it doesn't
affect other animals. Taking proper dog care is essential and regular
visits to the veterinarian are even more important.