Detecting and treating MRSA in pets

Dr. Bob Hale with Briarwood Animal Hospital joined THV11 This Morning to tell us what we should look out for in our pets and how to properly treat MRSA

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- While MRSA is a major issue in human health, dogs can be affected by the same bacterial strain and it's difficult to treat.

Dr. Bob Hale with Briarwood Animal Hospital joined THV11 This Morning to tell us what we should look out for in our pets and how to properly treat it.

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MRSA is an antibiotic resistant strain of bacteria and people are the primary carrier. Of the people who are carriers, 2 percent of the population can give this bacteria to their pets.

If a person is diagnosed with this strain of bacteria, the recommendation is to have your veterinarian culture your pet for the bacteria. If your pet is diagnosed as a carrier of MRSA, the people in the household should be instructed to use proper hygiene by washing your hands regularly and washing the pets’ bedding routinely.