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 necrotizing fasciitis, it’s also common in rabbits and horses. In this article, we will discuss whether or not dogs can get necrotizing fasciitis and what you need to do if your dog does have necrotizing fasciitis.
So, are dogs susceptible to necrotizing fasciitis?
In rare cases, dogs can contract necrotizing fasciitis if they come into contact with certain types of bacteria such as Staphylococcus pseudintermedius or Streptococcus pyogenes and have a compromised immune system at the same time. This could occur if a break in the skin allows necrotizing fasciitis pathogen to enter.
It would then spread through the bloodstream to the entire body causing systemic toxaemia.
How do prevent dogs from getting necrotising fasciitis?
Unfortunately, necrotizing fasciitis is a difficult condition to prevent. However, there are some steps you can take to help reduce the likelihood of your dog contracting necrotizing 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 necrotising 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?
Necrotizing 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 necrotising 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 defences but necrotizing fasciitis bacteria such as Streptococcus 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. Necrotizing 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 injuries 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?
You can contract necrotizing fasciitis from your dog if they have Staphylococcus pseudintermedius or Streptococcus pyogenes and their immune system is compromised. It 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 necrotizing fasciitis from your dog if they’ve come into contact with Staphylococcus pseudintermedius.
To conclude, 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 fasciitis let us know.