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PREVALENCE OF ZOONOTIC STAPHYLOCOCCI IN DOGS – PRELIMINARY STUDY

Published in Scientific Works. Series C. Veterinary Medicine, Vol. LXI
Written by Vili Robert VOICHIŢOIU, János DÉGI, Viorel HERMAN

This study was conducted to investigate the prevalence of zoonotic staphylococci isolated from dogs in Western Romania. Samples were obtained from adult dogs of both sexes submitted to the University Veterinary Clinics Timisoara and private veterinary practice. Animals selected for this study had no known history of previous antibiotic treatment. Samples were identified and labeled as to source, male or female, adult and the anatomical area of harvesting. A total of 51 samples were obtained from different anatomical sites such as nose, eyes, ears, extremities reproductive and skin. After growth, staphylococcal isolates were identied according to their characteristics as outlined in Bergey’s Manual of Determinative Bacteriology and the Manual of Clinical Microbiology. 35 samples were positive for staphylococci, being isolated both positive and coagulase-negative species. The species most frequently isolated were S. (pseud)intermedius, S. aureus, S. hycus, S. epidermidis and S. haemolyticus. The prevalence of staphylococcal infections in veterinary medicine is increasing worldwide. Staphylococci have shown a frequent and rapid development of nosocomial infections. Unfortunately, these studies have not been documented continuously in veterinary medicine. The present investigation has examined the clinical prevalence of zoonotic staphylococci in the dogs that may constitute a reservoir for these bacteria.

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