This is actually my son’s dog but he lives with me and I’m his caretaker.
Just over 2 years old, Dax tore both ACL’s. TPLO was done on the worst leg 6 months ago. After a long recovery, he was finally walking and doing a little running without limping. In fact, 3 weeks ago I was watching him and thinking he didn’t need surgery on the other leg. I woke up one morning to find him not putting any weight at all on the repaired leg. I thought maybe he twisted it so I gave him a week with no improvement. I noticed then that there was a discharge from the totally healed incision.
My son took him to the Vet and he was put on Amikacin injections daily for 10 days. Yesterday, the 7th day, the Vet called and said the cultures came back with MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a very resistant type of staph) infection at the implant site and they needed to be removed ASAP. My son left on his honeymoon yesterday morning so I’m taking care of the dog again, post surgery.
I still don’t understand how MRSA can start 6 months post surgery, when the incision was completely healed with hair growing over it. The Vet is telling me he must have had a hemotogenous infection. My son’s wife is a Pharmacist and thinks the implants weren’t clean when they were put in and he has a strong immune system that has fought it off this long.
Has anyone else heard of MRSA 6 months post surgery?