Our canines have a world of infectious diseases that can lay assault against them and one is MRSA

As the USA Representative for the UK-based Bella Moss Foundation I felt it would be prudent to write about one of the canine infections that can plague our dogs, MRSA (methicillin-Staphylococcus aureus). This is a staph bacterium that has mutated from humans into animals and is resistant to one of the strongest known antibiotics, methicillin.

While I’m not an authority on infectious diseases or even staph infections, I think it’s always wise to at least be aware of the different things that could possibly harm our dogs in a given situation. As a dog owner it just makes sense to know these things in order to be prepared beforehand.

Let’s face it; we live in a world together with bacteria, viruses and a multitude of other unseen microscopic forces for the most part in harmony. MRSA is relatively harmless under normal conditions, but if your dog has a cut or open wound (such as during surgery) MRSA can and does turn deadly.

Unfortunately, this particular strain of staph is very resistant, as I stated above, to one of the most powerful antibiotics, methicillin and even worse it also has a tendency to mutate with every antibiotic used to combat against it. As with other infectious organisms, viruses, and bacteria, MRSA likes a weakened immune system. A weakened immune system is what attracts any parasite, virus, or bacteria and is what makes this threat especially dangerous in hospitals and veterinary hospitals.

I’m not an alarmist so this article is meant to bring awareness rather than to scare anyone. I believe being prepared is a very proactive form of prevention. The best way to prevent MRSA is through proper hygiene. MRSA is spread from humans to animals and back to humans from animals and is why hygiene plays such a critical role in preventing MRSA. Veterinary hospitals will need to be the most proactive in their hygiene practices and also in stopping the overuse of antibiotics which leads to more resistant strains of bacterium, often called superbugs by the media.

Since I practice and adhere to more natural forms of health care for myself and that of my dog, I believe that natural treatments along with better education are vital to preventing MRSA. Through proper species specific feeding for our canines their immune systems will be far stronger and much more able to ward off or battle infectious diseases including the ever virulent MRSA. Also using more natural forms of antibiotics in the form of herbs, essential oils, and other natural modalities can be an alternative solution to the overuse of antibiotics which have created these superbugs in the first place. For more information on MRSA in pets go to www.Pets-MRSAcom.

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Author's Bio: 

Dr. Kim is an animal naturopath consulting on canine nutrition and wellness. She also is the host and creator of Animal Talk Naturally radio show which she hosts together with her like-minded colleague and friend, Dr. Jeannie Thomason. In addition, Dr. Kim is a proficient blogger and writer on natural pet health, having co-authored the book Whole Health for Happy Dogs and authored the book Animals Taught Me That. Dr. Kim’s articles have been featured in various publications such as Animal Wellness Magazine, Natural Horse Magazine, Pet Connection, and Dogs Naturally Magazine. She is adjunct professor with Kingdom College of Natural Health and Co-Founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy. Dr. Kim lives with her husband of many years and they are owned by a rescued Neapolitan Mastiff named Shadrach. Visit her blogs: Bark N Blog & A Dog's View and her website Aspenbloom Pet Care