In November last year, D for Dog posted an article looking into the issue of MRSA in Pets. We contacted Jill Moss, who lost her 10 year old Samoyed, Bella, to the superbug on 24th August 2004. Jill believes that Bella picked up the infection during a routine operation and she launched a campaign to educate as many vets and pet owners as she can about the risks of the MRSA bug to animals. She is also campaigning for tighter guidelines for veterinary practices. MRSA in Pets - Bella Jill’s tireless work has been rewarded with much media attention and the cause now has Claire Rayner as their Honorary Patron. Claire Rayner says “We as a society need to be concerned with animals contracting MRSA. It is a very worrying situation. More research needs to be done for the future."
Jill’s website www.pets-mrsa.com contains a wealth of information about the issue of MRSA in pets and how to protect your pets from the superbug. It charts Jill’s progress during her ‘campaign for change’ and provides the latest research and information about MRSA in companion animals. Visitors to the site can also contact Jill directly.
Can you help?
As part of a major new media campaign, Jill has asked D for Dog to help find out about other cases or suspected cases of pets with MRSA in the UK. So if you know anyone whose pet has become ill following surgery or had a serious infection, or if you suspect your own pet may have been infected with the MRSA virus, please send us your details and become part of this important campaign. Your details will be passed on to Jill on your behalf, or alternatively you can contact Jill Moss at [email protected]
The link above has a form you can fill in