Certain dog ear infections can spread

http://qctimes.com/lifestyles/home-and-garden/certain-dog-ear-infection-can-spread/article_d3197987-e471-5e42-ae45-c34405c333e3.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share.  Quad City Time.  Alma Gaul  Oct 1.

     Ear infections are one of the most common diseases of dogs and are often associated with allergies caused by both pollens and molds and even food. In many cases, we consider these to be non-transferable or infectious; that is, a housemate isn’t likely to get an ear infection from another dog in the home.


However, some research by specialists at Texas A&M University has found that ear infections caused by the bacteria Pseudomonas are acquired by different means and may pose a risk to housemates of both the two-legged and four-legged variety.


The Texas study found that the same Pseudomonas bacteria isolated from the ears of an infected dog often was found in the oral cavity of the people and other pets in the same home. Additionally, a 64 percent increase of prevalence was noted for dogs that had recently visited a dog park or swimming pool.

     What does this mean to pet owners who have had a dog recently diagnosed with a Pseudomonas infection? First, unlike the more common ear infections, this one may be spread to other members of the household — pets and people.

     Good sanitation is advised to prevent the spread of this bacteria. You should not share ear cleaner bottles or medications with other family pets. Water is conducive to the growth of this infection, so activities that include pool play or water toys should be avoided for pets suffering from a Pseudomonas infection. Trips to the dog park may be best avoided with an active infection.


Above all, closely follow the advice of your veterinarian as this bug can be resistant to many antibiotics and be especially difficult to cure. For more information on protecting your pets and family from future infections, check with your veterinarian.

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