Can my dog get necrotising fasciitis?

Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare but life-threatening condition that can be caused by a variety of different types of bacteria. Dogs are not the only animals to contract nectrozing fasciitis, it’s also common with rabbits and horses. In this article we will discuss whether or not dogs can get nectrozing fasciitis and what you need to do if your dog does have nectrozing fasciitis.

Can dogs get necrotising fasciitis?

So, are dogs susceptible to nectrozing fasciitis? The short answer is that it’s possible but rare. Dogs can contract nectrozing fasciitis if they come into contact with certain types of bacteria such as Staphylococcus pseudintermedius or Streptoccoccal pyogenes and have a compromised immune system at the same time. This usually occurs when there is some type of break in their skin that allows for nectrotizing fasciitis-causing bacteria to enter the blood stream which then spreads throughout the body causing systemic toxemia.

How to prevent dogs getting necrotising fasciitis?

Unfortunately nectrotizing fasciitis is a difficult condition to prevent. However, there are some steps you can take to help reduce the likelihood of your dog contracting nectrozing fasciitis:

– Keep wounds clean and avoid contact with any other dogs until they have healed completely

– Use caution if your pet has had surgery or an injury recently as these types of injuries make it easier for nectorotising fasciitis bacteria to enter through a break in the skin. For example, don’t let them lick their stitches even though they might be tempted!

How long does it take to recover from necrotizing fasciitis?

Nectrotizing fasciitis is a serious condition and it can be fatal. It’s important that you contact your vet or an animal emergency facility immediately if you believe your dog has nectorotising fasciitis so they can provide the appropriate treatment as soon as possible- for example antibiotics, intravenous fluids, etc. Staphylococcus pseudintermedius is usually killed by natural body defenses but necrotizing fasciitis bacteria such as Streptoccoccal pyogenes are more difficult to kill and have been known to survive in humans even after heavy doses of antibiotic therapy.

The prognosis depends on how quickly these types of treatments were initiated because untreated cases may lead to sepsis which can lead to septic shock and organ failure.

Nectrotizing fasciitis is often referred to as a “flesh-eating disease” because of the severe damage that occurs when it spreads throughout the body. The bacteria can cause tissue death, muscle breakdown, and skin sloughing which has led to extreme cases where limbs had to be amputated in order for patients to survive.

With proper treatment necrotizing fasciitis should not result in permanent physical disabilities but residual effects may include chronic pain or fatigue from temporary nerve injury such as tingling sensations or weakness. Staphylococcus pseudintermedius infections have also been known to trigger inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s Disease.

Can I get necrotizing fasciitis from my dog?

Unfortunately you can get necrotizing fasciitis from your dog if they have Staphylococcus pseudintermedius or Streptoccoccal pyogenes and their immune system is compromised. Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, for example, could come into contact with a wound on your skin that has not healed properly or a surgical wound that has not been attended to. Staphylococcus pseudintermedius is also fairly common in the environment and can be found on the skin, hair, clothes, and in contaminated food scraps so it’s possible for you to contract nectrotizing fasciitis from your dog if they’ve come into contact with Staphylococcus pseudintermedius.


Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare but deadly disease that can be fatal for dogs. It progresses rapidly, often causing the death of your dog within 24-48 hours. The bacteria are found in soil and other places where there’s been contact with infected animals or people, so if you see signs of necrotizing fasciitis on your pet– redness around wounds, swelling at the site of an injury– take them to a vet immediately! You should also know that humans have contracted this infection from contact with their pets; it’s very rare (less than one case per million) but worth mentioning because it can happen! If you’ve ever had a dog experience necrotizing fascitiis let us know.

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