The Dangers Of Dog Bites.

Bite wound infections are usually polymicrobial, with a mix of animal oral flora, recipient skin flora and environmental organisms. The most common pathogens in dog bites are Pasteurella spp. (both Pasteurella multocida and Pasteurella canis), Staphylococcus and Streptococcusspp., and the fastidious Gram-negative rod Capnocytophaga canimorsus (previously known as the CDC and Prevention Group Dysgonic Fermenter-2). Capnocytophaga has been identified as part of the normal oral flora in anywhere from 16–41% of dogs. Since this organism is fastidious, early notification of the microbiology laboratory by the provider evaluating the bite victim is very helpful in cases of possible exposure to the organism. C. canimorsus infection usually affects older individuals, and may be especially debilitating for asplenic individuals, those with other forms of immunocompromise or those with a history of alcoholism, although this bacteria has also been associated with severe disease in healthy individuals. In addition to wound infections and gangrene, the organism has been associated with dissemination and associated sepsis, meningitis, endocarditis and ocular infection. 

Other organisms associated with dog bite infection include anaerobes, which may be present in up to 75% of dog bite infections, especially those with abscess formation. The most frequently isolated anaerobic pathogens include Porphyromonas, Bacteroides and Fusobacterium spp.  Of note, Corynebacterium auriscanis was recently isolated from a localized dog bite infection in an immunocompetent host.

Most C. canimorsus isolates are sensitive to penicillin (PCN), extended-spectrum PCNs such as amoxicillin/clavulante, and third-generation cephalosporins, as well as carbapenems. For PCN-allergic patients, alternatives include a fluoroquinolone or doxycycline.
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