“What antibiotic are you giving?” asked the Microbiologist in a surly tone, thinking this was going to be a simple case of wrong antibiotic.
“I’ve been using Co-amoxiclav, but it doesn’t seem to be getting better” was the reply.
“Have you sent any samples to the lab?”
“I swabbed the wound and the result has come back showing a Coagulase-positive Staphylococcus; I wonder if this might be Staphylococcus pseudintermedius or possibly Staphylococcus aureus” said the Surgeon.
“Staphylococcus aureus is the most common bacterium we see in this situation” answered the Microbiologist, “why do you think it might be Staphylococcus pseudintermedius?”
“In our patients Staphylococcus pseudintermedius is often grown from these types of samples…oh, I forgot to mention, I’m a Veterinary Surgeon and the 3 year old patient is a Husky” was the reply…. “I should say too that the bacterium is resistant to beta-lactams… according to the report…