Surveillance report published: pruritus and Pseudomonas skin infections

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Our latest surveillance report has been published in the Veterinary Record focusing on pruritus and Pseudomonas skin infections.

  • Presentation for pruritus comprised 2.2 per cent of cat and 3.8 per cent of dog consultations between January and April 2018.
  • The dorsal parts of the body were the most frequent location for pruritus in cats (27 cent). In dogs, pruritus most commonly affected the ear (37 per cent).
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa antimicrobial susceptibility data were available from 37,673 canine clinical isolates, and 1830 feline clinical isolates. Where a sampling site was recorded, ears were the most commonly recorded site for dogs (71.1 per cent of P aeruginosa isolates), whereas oronasal samples were most common in the cat (36.6 per cent).
  • For dogs, 65.4 per cent of P aeruginosa isolates were sensitive to all tested antimicrobials; for cats 72.6 per cent were sensitive. Tested isolates were most commonly resistant to fluoroquinolones in both dogs (25.0 per cent of tested isolates) and cats (17.7 per cent). Five canine isolates were found to be resistant to all tested antimicrobials; no such isolates were found in cats.

We were delighted that Susan Paterson and Christopher Jewell collaborates with us on this work.

Access the paper here.