PetMD lists fever; loss of appetite; skin and mouth abscesses; pain; infections of the eyes, ears, skin and respiratory system; toxic shock syndrome; arthritis; itching and pus-filled lesions as staphylococcal infection symptoms in dogs. A dog of any age and breed is susceptible to a staph infection, and the staphylococcus bacteria is spread easily from animal to animal.
VetInfo classifies crusty skin growths often found along a dog’s belly, rounded lesions and moderate itchiness as mild symptoms of a staph infections. More severe symptoms include ulcerated skin, rapid hair loss and fluid-filled blisters caused by staph hypersensitivity. A severe staph infection complication is cellulitis, which is caused by a secondary infection caused by excessive scratching of the skin. The skin them becomes inflamed and irritated, spreading down to the dog’s legs causing sores and a breakdown of skin cells. Fever, swollen lymph nodes and chills are often accompanied with cellulitis. Although cellulitis is rare, any sign of these symptoms should prompt an immediate visit to the veterinarian. There are no preventative measures to protect a dog from a staph infection, but early detection by noticing symptoms is essential in order to receive the highly effective prescription medicines before complications arise.