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Septicemia and Bacteremia in Dogs

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Successful treatment involves diagnosing the problem quickly enough for the affected dog to receive prompt treatment and aggressive intervention. It is important that the problem be addressed as soon as possible due to the possible severity of the condition. Low blood pressure is the most common complication of the disease. Other complications associated with this disease include low blood sugar and electrolyte imbalances. Infections are also common. Dogs may be more prone to developing an abscess from an infected wound under the skin.


Nutritional support can dramatically improve the health of dogs with sepsis and bacteremia. If your dog is not able to eat by itself, it will be necessary to place an intravenous feeding tube until your dog is stable and capable of eating again. Medications that may help improve the outcome include antibiotics, antimicrobials, and specialized antibiotics that work specifically on this type of infection (as opposed to routine antibiotics).


Living and Management


It is possible for complications to occur, and a high rate of mortality is associated with this condition. The primary concerns associated with septicemia and bacteremia are electrolyte imbalances, low blood pressure, and shock. It is extremely critical to seek prompt medical attention for your dog if you suspect any type of infection is imminent or present.



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