Small animal disease surveillance: pruritus, and coagulase-positive staphylococci


Sánchez-Vizcaíno F, Singleton D, Jones PH, Heayns B, Wardeh M, Radford AD, Schmidt V, Dawson S, Noble PJM, Everitt S


  • Presentation for pruritus comprised 6.5 per cent, 3.6 per cent and 2.0 per cent of canine, feline and rabbit consultations, respectively, between January 2014 and June 2016

  • Topical antimicrobials were the most commonly prescribed pruritus treatments for dogs (33.6 per cent of consultations); for cats, it was systemic glucocorticoids (53.5 per cent)

  • In surveillance of coagulase-positive staphylococci, 16 per cent of 176 coagulase-positive staphylococci isolated from canine diagnostic samples were sensitive to all tested antibacterial classes; multidrug resistance (resistance to three or more antibacterial classes) was found in 6.8 per cent.


Veterinary Record

Research Themes:

Risk Assessment