Departmental Bulletin Paper Evaluation of weekly bathing in allergic dogs with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcal colonization

Kawarai, Shinpei  ,  Fujimoto, Ayumi  ,  Nozawa, Genta  ,  Kanemaki, Nobuyuki  ,  Madarame, Hiroo  ,  Shida, Takuo  ,  Kiuchi, Akio

64 ( 2 )  , pp.153 - 158 , 2016-05 , Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine, Hokkaido University
We evaluated the efficacy of weekly bathing in reducing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus (MRS) colonization in canine allergic dermatitis in a pilot clinical trial. Six dogs with allergic dermatitis controlled by prescription medications were treated with weekly bathing for 1 month. The Canine Atopic Dermatitis Extent and Severity Index version 3 (CADESI-03) and pruritus scores and frequency of mecA-positive Staphylococcus spp. isolated from three body sites between weeks 0 and 4 were compared. There was no significant difference in CADESI-03 scores with bathing, whereas the pruritus scores were significantly reduced (p < 0.05). Furthermore, MRS frequency was decreased in four of the six dogs (p < 0.05). In conclusion, weekly bathing should be considered for reducing MRS colonization in canine allergic dermatitis.

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