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Bella has MRSA,I'm freaking out!

Hi Everyone....... I am beside myself with worry. I hope that maybe some of you here have had experience with MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) .
My Bella has been diagnosed with it and is at the vet for the next two weeks being treated with IV antibiotics. After that she will be on oral antibiotics. We got a difinitive diagnosis today after doing cultures and biopsies. Now I think one of the other dogs may have it as well.
I can't tell you how sick I feel about this. I am immune compromised and am freaking out that we are all going to catch this awful disease.

If anyone has information or can suggest some links or something I can read it may help me to calm down.
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Phyllis I'm so sorry. I'm not at all knowledgeable about it but do send healing thoughts and prayers. I can imagine how worried you are.



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Sorry, I didn't even know dogs got MRSA. Do you have to have a break in the skin to catch it?
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I'm so sorry . I don't know anything about that. My prayers are with you. I'm sure your vet will take the best possible care of your pup.
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From what I know MRSA lives on the skin, and can enter through a break in it.
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I'm so upset, The vet told me that it has to be skin to skin contact. After getting the diagnosis and delivering Bella to the vet, I came home to check the other animals. Finn has some very suspect looking eruptions on his shoulder. I"m trying not to go completely spastic but it is hard not to. I was so careful with Bella while we were waiting diagnosis, she was being treated with antibiotics, steroids, betadine and special shampoo. I wore gloves and tried to keep her segregated, but I have 6 dogs and a small house. I will be frantic if any of the other animals catch it, even myself or my children.
I have been cleaning and disinfecting every surface I can think that she might have come in contact with.
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I would be freaking out, too. I'm sorry.

My roommate has had it twice (she works in a hospital) and she's recovered well w/ a lot of antibiotics. Fingers crossed you don't get it.

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Thanks...... I just hope that no one else catches it.
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I know nothing about MRSA and dogs but our granddaughter tested positive with MRSA around 5 years ago. No one else in the house got it and after being treated with oral antibiotics, she was fine. Just normal precautions were taken, like hand washing after changing the dressing (she had what looked like a boil).

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I'm so upset, The vet told me that it has to be skin to skin contact. After getting the diagnosis and delivering Bella to the vet, I came home to check the other animals. Finn has some very suspect looking eruptions on his shoulder. I"m trying not to go completely spastic but it is hard not to. I was so careful with Bella while we were waiting diagnosis, she was being treated with antibiotics, steroids, betadine and special shampoo. I wore gloves and tried to keep her segregated, but I have 6 dogs and a small house. I will be frantic if any of the other animals catch it, even myself or my children.
I have been cleaning and disinfecting every surface I can think that she might have come in contact with.
Are you sure it isn't MRSP? Dogs get MRSP and humans get MRSA which is much more contagious than MRSP. I typed you a long message with information about MRSP as my dog, Summer Lynn had it for over a year. I can give you the link for more information if you would like. She is now over her MRSP. It only took about three months for her to recover. She had a totally black tummy but it is looking much better now. The Dr. found an ointment that you rub on the places and it just goes away!! He had to take a sample and send it into the lab to know what antibiotic would work. Let me know and I will send you the link. Good luck! Don't panic just have someone else put the medication on and wash, wash, wash!
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