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Staph Infection

Staphylococcus aureus is usually harmless but in susceptible patients can cause severe skin infections, pneumonia and toxic shock syndrome. The strain MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus), is dangerous because it’s highly resistant to treatment with conventional drugs. This can cause internal infections in vulnerable patients. Abscesses causing fevers, pus and pain can develop.

 The most common way our dogs contract this is through surgery.

Unfortunately, my own dog contracted this scary and dangerous infection after she had acl surgery for one of her knees. The bacteria enters the dog’s body by way of catheters, surgical wounds, feeding tubes or invasive medical procedures. With dog health care being so advanced today, you would think this cannot happen. However, with people and pets, it is a very real possibility.

In Chapter four in my ebook I go into great detail about how I dealt with my own dog contracting this dreadful disease and what I did to have her healthy and still alive today. This is something that is a potential risk for anyone owning a pet and them having to undergo surgery. Recognizing the signs and symptoms could save your dog if they contract it from an acl surgery or from another surgical procedure.Download the Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs

My dog had her hind limb swell up like a balloon. The swelling was far greater than the other leg which had the same surgery 6 months earlier. She was in obvious discomfort, more than the expected amount. She refused to use her leg and then the most frightening thing happened…her incision which was healed had opened up and started weeping.

MRSA is a frightening illness; know what to do should your beloved dog contract this. You will be glad you found out in time…

Have you ever been through this ordeal? Share your story below!

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11 Responses to Staph Infection

  • Kim says:

    My Dobi contracted this staph infection too. I am so thankful I found your information from in your book about how you saved your own dog. I followed the same procedures and my dog is alive and well today. Thanks so much for all the information!

  • helga says:

    I am so happy for you Kim! It is really scary when our best friends get this infection which could kill them. All the best in health and longevity to your dogs!

  • Oscar says:

    My Dog almost died after having a stone bladder surgery. 4-5 weeks post op I kept telling the vet the dog was not healing. He would urinate every 10-30 mins. Sometimes 4-6 times in an hour. 10 visits to the vet–no results. The vet never ordered an Ultrasound to see the condition of the baldder. Finally I went for a 2nd opinion and that vet sent us to a specialist who did an ultrasound and did emergency surfery. They removed part of the rotted bladder. Had to biopsy the liver and kidney to make sure the STAPH had not spread. The ER place told me if I had waited another week, the dog would had not made it! His orginal vet is totally inept! Kept telling us everything is fine! Or send new antibiotics. What happened was during the stitching, he left a pocket like where the staph bacteria incubated and no antibiotic could get to it. My poor dog!!! I feel bad I listened to his vet: “it takes time to heal”. WARNING: You dog should be healed-improved within 2 weeks post-op! If not then take him/her to another vet for an ultrasound!

  • helga says:

    Oscar, it is most unfortunate that you and your dog had to experience that! I truly feel for you! It can be very dangerous when a dog contracts a staph infection from surgical intervention. I am glad you realized the dog should have been progressing better at the time and sought additional opinions. My own dog exhibited signs of something not right in the healing process, but most are unaware of the signs of a staph infection and they may not go to the vet and question what is happening. Much of it can be written off as a pain reaction, the edema from lack of use, etc. We all need to be very aware of our dog’s healing after surgery and know that infections are possible, and some dogs are natural carriers of staph, and we need to be diligent of their care. They depend on us. If your dog has had surgery for any reason, improvement should begin within two weeks, and watch for signs of anything else. I am glad you persisted and sought the help needed. Thank you for sharing!

  • Cammy says:

    Help!! Our 7 year old beagle had a fast growing benign tumor in his front arm pit….it was removed but was bigger than expected because it was under muscles. He has a 6inch incision! It’s been 10weeks and incision started bleeding and pus….sent out blood and pus and came back as staff infection….he is now on trimethoprim 480mg….

  • helga says:

    Hi Cammy,
    I am very sorry to hear of your beagle getting a staph infection! Please be very diligent in following your vets protocol. I hope you have a holistic veterinarian who is willing to embrace all methods of healing modalities. I would strongly suggest giving your dog a really good probiotic daily to counteract any yeast infections from the antibiotics he is on. In addition to this, supplementing with chlorophyll in his food will help boost the immune system to fight this infection. Coconut oil given daily has also been proven to prevent or fight off staph infections. Another product that has been used with success is manuka honey of 15+ properties. This honey comes from New Zealand and can be found in health food stores. Talk to your vet and use whatever is suggested for your dog to recover. I wish you the best and send healing vibrations for your beloved companion’s full recovery.

  • Cammy says:

    Thank you Helga! We and Max have been thru a lot. He was put on several diff antibiotics and then was tested for staff….so hopefully he is on the mend. Max has only been on the new meds since Wednesday evening and I can tell he is healing…he is an amazing dog and I will take your advice. What is a probiotic? We regularly give Max organic yogurt ….?? We do have coconut oil so I may add a little of that to his diet….also like the honey suggestion as well…..Really Really appreciate your advice and support..thanks Cammy :o )

  • Nanette says:

    Hi, my 7 year old lab had hip replacement 9 days ago. TODAY they call me and tell me that they always swab the incision (?) and the results just came back and she has an infection. I am to stop with the 750 mg. cephalexin and start with 500 mg chloramphenicol. I am so upset and found this site while trying to find out more information. I was instructed to administer this drug wearing a glolve, that it should not come in contact with my skin. Lulu’s incision seems to be healing well. Her staples come out in 5 days (14 days post op). She spent 2 nights in the hospital post op. It is very hard for me to evaluate her progress. Before the surgery, when taking an anti inflamitory, her mobility was like night and day. I would say it’s no better than that, now (and she’s been on a regimen of drugs since the surgery including the same anti inflamitory. I’m so worried making smart decisions on her behalf. It was such a big decision (AND expense) doing the surgery. In researching the drug I am not seeing that it is earmarked as super strong and for staph infections. I see it for UTI. Plus, it’s a lower dosage than the previous anti biotic. Does this make sense? they didn’t tell me what kind of staph is was but they did say it was not mercer (sp?). Helga, I’ve read your reply’s above and will give her coconut oil, I’m sure she will love it and I personally take Isotonix daily, I bet giving her that too would be good? She’s such a good sport, it’s so hard to tell if she is ailing. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

  • helga says:

    Hi Nanette,
    I am so sorry to her of your lab girl with this issue! It is very difficult putting them through the surgery and then to discover an infection afterwards is very stressful for all involved. I would suggest you monitor your girl very closely to watch for any changes in discomfort levels, swelling in the limb, redness, heat to the touch, opening of the incision site, weeping of any kind or refusal to use the leg. Most importantly, make sure the incision site is not re-opening or weeping and not closing. If that is happening, get her to a vet because it needs immediate attention.

    Being just over three weeks since surgery now, she needs to be using the limb and if her infection has cleared and she has no open sites, she needs to get into a hydrotherapy pool. This form of rehab is the least painful due to no weight bearing. It will increase her range of motion and muscle mass as well as have her feeling great psychologically. If there is no pool an underwater treadmill is good. Make sure the hydrotherapist is knowledgeable in treating dogs with hip replacements. If the treating vet has changed her antibiotic ask how come, so you are well informed during her process. I am not familiar with Isotonix but I know coconut oil (pure) is great for them.

    I would keep a close watch on your dog and make sure she is progressing at a rate she should be after hip surgery. Please make sure, no walking on slippery surfaces, no pushing off with the rear legs, no frog swimming, and not playing off leash, or running around loose right now. Keep her weight down, and when she is off all the medications, Traumeel tabs are a natural homeopathic remedy for helping with pain and healing soft tissue injuries.

    it sounds like you are on top of it all…keep up the great work! I wish you all the best and keep me posted as to how she does!

  • Kiersteen says:

    My dog had surgery on her leg almost 3 weeks ago. It was healing fine. Then today when I got home from work it was swollen. It wasn’t draining or have an pus. It looked like it was healed on the out side. Till today it looks like a balloon under the place the stiches was. Does anyone know what this could be? We’re going to the vet in two days. Should I take her tomorrow? Or can this wait another day. The area isn’t red or hot.

  • helga says:

    Hi Kiersteen,
    If your dog has excessive swelling under the surgical site, it could mean an infection. Swelling is normal when surgery is done but massive swelling is not normal. if your dog has abnormal swelling, please take her to a vet asap. I am not a vet but I would not take it to chance if she is looking like a balloon. I wish you the best for you and her…

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