Department of Biological Sciences, Veterinary Microbiology Research University of Lincoln
Extensive media coverage has made most people aware of the risk of Methicillin Resistant Staphylo-coccus Aureus (MRSA) in human hospitals. Only recently has attention been given to the risk of MRSA in animals. More cases of MRSA infection in companion animals, particularly dogs, are being reported and more awareness is being raised about the risk to animals. Though incidence of MRSA in animals is well below levels found in human hospitals, the increase in reported cases makes it prudent to consider alternative prevention methods, over and above the already existing hygiene measures.