Staphylococcus pseudintermedius in the dog: taxonomy, diagnostics, ecology, epidemiology and pathogenicity

Bannoehr, Jeanette; Guardabassi, L. (2012). Staphylococcus pseudintermedius in the dog: taxonomy, diagnostics, ecology, epidemiology and pathogenicity. Veterinary dermatology, 23(4), 253-E52. Oxford: Blackwell Science 10.1111/j.1365-3164.2012.01046.x

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The dog is the natural host of Staphylococcus pseudintermedius. Many research efforts are currently being undertaken to expand our knowledge and understanding of this important canine commensal and opportunistic pathogen.
The objective of this review is to summarize the current knowledge of the species, including the latest research outcomes, with emphasis on taxonomy, diagnostics, ecology, epidemiology and pathogenicity.
Despite the important taxonomic changes that have occurred over the past few years, the risk of misidentification in canine specimens is low and does not have serious consequences for clinical practice. Staphylococcus pseudintermedius carriage in the dog is more frequent and genetically heterogeneous compared with that of Staphylococcus aureus in man. It appears that these staphylococcal species have evolved separately through adaptation to their respective natural hosts and differ with regard to various aspects concerning ecology, population structure and evolution of antibiotic resistance.
Further understanding of the ecology and epidemiology of S. pseudintermedius is hampered by the lack of a standard method for rapid and discriminatory typing and by the limited data available on longitudinal carriage and population structure of meticillin-susceptible strains. With regard to pathogenicity, it is only now that we are starting to explore the virulence potential of S. pseudintermedius based on genomic and proteomic approaches, and more research is needed to assess the importance of individual virulence factors and the possible existence of hypervirulent strains.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > DKV - Dermatology

UniBE Contributor:

Bannöhr, Jeanette




Blackwell Science




Andrea Stettler

Date Deposited:

29 Oct 2013 16:23

Last Modified:

02 Mar 2023 23:23

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Notes: 978JZ
Times Cited:2
Cited References Count:154
Date: Aug

Uncontrolled Keywords:

coagulase-positive staphylococci, field gel-electrophoresis, schleiferi subsp-coagulans, superficial bacterial folliculitis, urinary-tract-infection hsp60 gene-sequences healthy dogs exfoliative toxin antimicrobial susceptibility canine corneocytes


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