Staph Infection in Dogs and how you can help.
I'm sure you've heard of people getting staph infections. Well your dog can also get staph infections too. So what can you do to treat your dog and keep him comfortable?
Dogs have a bacteria present on and inside their bodies, including different types of staph, most commonly appearing as a skin infection. One of the most common canine species of staph is a normal bacterial inhabitant of at least half of healthy dogs and it doesn't not cause any issues. When a dog that gets injured, suffers from illness, or has underlying allergies, the bacterium can start to cause then problems. When the surface of the skin is broken or overly moist, circulation is impaired or the immune is compromised, the staph bacteria gets a chance to cause an infection.
What Are the Symptoms?
Skin infections can occur anywhere on your dog's body. Most of breeds it's hard to spot initially because of their coats. As the infection increases in severity and hair behinds to fall out, you'll notice the infection more easily. The skin may look crusty, scaly, red, inflamed, blistered, itchy, or an area your dog wants to constantly lick.
How Can You Treat It?
Staph infections vary. Some may require antibiotics. I personally like to turn to natural products first before giving dogs antibiotics and treating with harsh chemicals. The bad thing about antibiotics are they may help fungi spread within your body and cause drug resistant bacteria to thrive. They also can cause kidney issues. One of the most beneficial steps you can take to combat infection is to maintain a healthy intestinal system by feeding a diet rich in natural probiotics. I have had great success with my "Famous Yeast B Gone" product or the "Famous Yeast Kit" for extremely tough cases. I fight the staph and yeast infections internally with a good diet and I clear up the skin with my Famous Products.
Is Staph Contagious?
Staph can be transmitted from one dog to another and from humans to dogs. However, it's rare for staph infections to spread from pets to people, although studies show it's not unheard of. People with diminished immune systems, like the very young or very old, as well as those undergoing chemotherapy, face the greatest risk of contracting staph.
It's impossible to avoid the risk entirely, since most common staph bacteria occur naturally in dogs. You can minimize that risk. When it comes to dealing with any infection the best way to stay safe while caring for your pet is to practice good hygiene. If your dog has skin infection the best way to stay safe while caring for your pet is to practice good hygiene. Wash your hands immediately after touching the infected area and changing any bandages. You can also wear disposable gloves when you put products in your dog. Also wash bedding often.
Also keep your dog from coming into contact with other dogs who have ski infections or open wounds. If your dog is by another animal, see your bet immediately. You should also keep a close eye on any scratches or lacerations for redness, swelling, or discharge. Always make sure your dog doesn't lock or chew any wounds.
With the right combination of food, treatment, and at home care, your dog will be itch free and happy again!
Products for Staph:
If your dog has a staph infection I highly suggest the Famous Yeast B Gone with the Famous Healing Salve, or the Famous Yeast B Gone Kit