Old and New Thoughts on Infection Control in Small Animals
22 Jun 2021
Clinical Theater 2
The most common pathogen involved in small animal surgical site infections today is Staphylococcus pseudintermedius. The overall carrier rate of this methicillin-resistant pathogen is approximately 4.4%, with a 14 times higher infection rate in part due to its ability to develop a biofilm. This pathogen and others are found in the normal commensal organisms of the canine skin appendages. Typical skin infection rates for most elective surgical procedures run approximately 3-5%, though are much higher in TPLO surgeries, reported up to 21-28%, becoming a more difficult problem to combat.