What causes superficial pyoderma in dogs?

What causes superficial pyoderma in dogs?

The predominant pathogen that causes superficial pyoderma is Staphylococcus pseudintermedius (1) (formerly S. intermedius), a commensal bacterium that resides on the mucosal and skin surfaces of dogs (4,5). These resident strains may act as opportunistic pathogens and cause infection, primarily involving the skin.

Is superficial pyoderma in dogs contagious?

It is normal to have some bacteria on the skin—but it is not normal when it turns into an infection. Usually, pyoderma is caused by a health issue such as a staph infection. This means that pyoderma itself is not contagious—your dog can’t catch it from another dog.

Does pyoderma spread on dogs?

While Pyoderma in dogs can occur from something unnoticeable, the consequences of not treating the infection can be fatal. In some cases where Pyoderma is not caught and treated soon enough, bacteria can spread from the infected area into the bloodstream and colonize internal organs, which is often fatal.

How long should a dog be on antibiotics for skin infection?

Typically, a minimum of three weeks of oral or injectable antibiotic therapy is required. If the proper antibiotic is chosen to kill the bacterial infection, the signs will subside within a week. However, if the antibiotic is stopped, these infections will flare up again and the results may be worse than first noticed.

How is recurrent pyoderma treated?

Frequent antibacterial shampoos are an easy and sometimes effective method. Immunomodulatory drugs are variably effective. Some commercially available bacterins are clearly helpful in treating recurrent pyoderma. As a last resort, the clinician may opt to keep the patient on long-term antibiotic therapy.

How long does it take for pyoderma to heal in dogs?

8 to 12 weeks
Longterm, recurrent, or deep pyodermas typically require 8 to 12 weeks or longer to heal completely. Topical antibiotics may also be used in some cases.

How often should I bathe my dog with pyoderma?

Dogs with superficial pyoderma should be bathed with a shampoo recommended by its veterinarian. Baths should be given 2 to 3 times per week during the first 2 weeks of treatment and then 1 to 2 times per week until the infection clears.

Will pyoderma in dogs go away on its own?

Unfortunately, pyoderma will not usually go away on its own. The body can not fight off bacterial infections like pyoderma without some assistance from antibiotics. If you suspect your dog has pyoderma, I recommend taking your dog to a veterinarian.

How long does pyoderma take to heal in dogs?

Longterm, recurrent, or deep pyodermas typically require 8 to 12 weeks or longer to heal completely. Topical antibiotics may also be used in some cases. Attention to grooming is crucial.

What can I put on my dogs pyoderma?

“The typical treatment for pyoderma is antibiotic therapy for a minimum of three to four weeks.” Topical treatment includes sprays and medicated shampoos containing benzoyl peroxide, sulfur with salicylic acid, or chlorhexidine which may need to be done 1 to 2 times weekly for three to four weeks.