WHAT IS MRSA?
MRSA is an antibiotic resistant infection caused by Staph Bacteria. MRSA is usually transmitted through contact of an infected patient or carrier.
Therapy Dog visits can result in transmission of MRSA infections if an infected patient is in contact with the therapy dog.
HOW CAN IT BE PREVENTED?
Risk of transmission can be reduced with the use of hand sanitizer or hand washing before and after physical contact with a therapy dog.
Studies have also shown that wiping dogs with Chlorhexidine wipes every 5-10 minutes during a visit can reduce the risk of dogs transmitting MRSA