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Antibiotics, pets and Clostridium difficile

Posted in Clostridium difficile, Dogs
Clostridium difficile is a high-profile bacterium, being an important cause of illness and death in people. It can also be found in various animal species, including dogs and cats. In a study we published earlier this year (Lefebvre et al, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 2009), factors associated with acquisition of Clostridium difficile… Continue Reading

Preventing infections in the home

Posted in Cats, Clostridium difficile, Dogs, MRSA/MRSP
There is a nice, concise commentary in the most recent issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal about preventing infections in the home. It covers three important organisms: MRSA, Clostridium difficile and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). An excellent aspect of this particular commentary is its relatively low-key approach, with an emphasis on routine, basic practices such… Continue Reading

Clostridium difficile in the household environment

Posted in Cats, Clostridium difficile, Dogs
Another study we presented at the recent European Conference of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases was about Clostridium difficile in the household environment. In the study, we collected samples from various locations and surfaces in households, as well as five fecal samples (one per day) from pets, and tested them for C. difficile. Some of… Continue Reading

Your mother was right! Wash your hands

Posted in Birds, Cats, Clostridium difficile, Dogs, Horses, MRSA/MRSP, Other animals, Other diseases, Parasites, Pocket pets, Reptiles, Salmonella, Toxoplasmosis
You may notice a recurring theme in many of our posts and on virtually all of the information sheets on the Worms & Germs Resources page: an emphasis on handwashing. There is increasing emphasis on hand hygiene (i.e. hand washing and use of alcohol hand sanitizers) education in hospitals because the hands of healthcare workers… Continue Reading

Healthmap

Posted in Clostridium difficile, Diseases, MRSA/MRSP, Other diseases, Parasites, Rabies, Salmonella, Toxoplasmosis
If you are looking for an interesting website to play around with, you should try HealthMap. This is a website created by the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology that maps infectious disease reports from various sources. You can search by region and see what disease problems have been reported recently, or select specific… Continue Reading

“Clostridium” in dogs and cats: what’s in a name?

Posted in Cats, Clostridium difficile, Dogs, Other diseases
People often ask me questions about “Clostridium” in dogs and cats, with the impression that “Clostridium” is a specific disease. Actually, Clostridium is a large bacterial genus (a group of related bacteria), which includes species that range from harmless to deadly. Some of the more important species are described below: Clostridium perfringens: This is a common bacterium… Continue Reading

Should I have my pet tested for Clostridium difficile?

Posted in Cats, Clostridium difficile, Dogs, Other diseases
I often get asked about testing of healthy pets for Clostridium difficile. This bacterium is an important cause of disease in people. While most common in people in hospitals, cases of C. difficile infection are occurring more in people in the general population. Also, C. difficile can be found  in various animals, including dogs and… Continue Reading

Clostridium difficile in dogs

Posted in Clostridium difficile, Dogs
Clostridium difficile is a bacterium that is an important cause of disease in people and has been getting a lot of press lately in this area. Associated with that has been a lot of questions about C. difficile in dogs. Here are some facts to ponder: C. difficile is thought to be a cause of… Continue Reading

Information Sheets for Pet Owners

Posted in Birds, Cats, Clostridium difficile, Dogs, MRSA/MRSP, Other diseases, Parasites, Pocket pets, Rabies, Reptiles, Salmonella, Toxoplasmosis
INFORMATION SHEETS FOR PET OWNERS INFORMATION SHEETS specifically for KIDS, for VETERINARIANS, for PHYSICIANS and for PUBLIC HEALTH PERSONNEL are also available on the Worms & Germs RESOURCES page! Click on the highlighted topics below for information sheets. Topics that are not highlighted are in development and coming soon. Sheets for other animal species and diseases are… Continue Reading

Research Posters

Posted in Clostridium difficile, Dogs, Horses, MRSA/MRSP, Other animals, Other diseases, Parasites, Pocket pets, Rabies, Reptiles, Research posters, Salmonella, Toxoplasmosis
2012 International Clostridium difficile Symposium Clostridium difficile in the environment of a community hospital 2012 International Conference on Equine Infectious Diseases IX Staphylococcus delphini and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius in horses 2011 ASM-ESCMID Conference on Methicillin-resistant staphylococci in animals Miconazole susceptibility of MRSA and MRSP Livestock associated MRSA in community hospitals in Ontario Equine hospital MRSA surveillance… Continue Reading