Antibiotic-Resistant Infections in Pets
Nearly every day on the job, veterinary clinical medicine professor Dr. Jason Pieper, a veterinary dermatologist, sees antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections in cats, dogs and other pets. This is not just a local phenomenon; nationally, rates of antibiotic-resistant infections in companion animals are rising at an alarming rate. Dr. Pieper spoke to University of Illinois News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about what he sees and what can be done about it.
Healing Peter with T-shirts and Silver
As a veterinary dermatologist, I see my share of unusual cases. I’ve treated a cheetah with dental disease, an itchy wallaroo, an alpaca with allergies and an alligator snapping turtle with an obstructed throat. But infections in dogs, cats and other critters can be among the most difficult conditions to treat.
Today, I’m looking at the gradually healing scabs and scars on the back of a goldendoodle named Peter.
Continue reading about Dr. Pieper's treatment for Peter.
Notes on Cytology and Biopsies
Autoimmune and immune-mediated diseases can be difficult to identify at times due to their similar appearance of bacterial infections of the skin (i.e., pustules, papules, crusts, and ulcerations). Cytology can be of significant value in helping to rule out a secondary bacterial infection. Biopsies can give you valuable information and potentially a diagnosis, but you must know when the best time is to biopsy and which lesions should be sampled.
Message from State Public Health Veterinarian on
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a multistate outbreak of multidrug-resistant Campylobacter infections linked to contact with Petland pet store puppies. Clinical samples from human cases and puppies from some states have shown that these Campylobacter isolates are resistant to azithromycin, ciprofloxacin, clindamycin, erythromycin, gentamicin, nalidixic acid, tetracycline, and telithromycin. This amount of antibiotic resistance is very unusual. One way that Campylobacter isolates may develop resistance is excessive use of prophylactic antibiotics in groups of puppies.
Caroline Tonozzi, DVM, DACVECC
Dr. Tonozzi is a clinical assistant professor of veterinary clinical medicine.
"What vets may not know as they get out of school is that they will triage and treat emergent cases throughout their career, from the owner bringing in their pet after being hit by a car to dealing with anesthetic complications. The skills I try to teach are universal so that no matter what, he or she will be prepared to handle whatever is put in front of them, even if it’s not in an actual emergency room."
Continue reading about Dr. Tonozzi.
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