Amy C. Pickering, Andreas F. Haag, José R. Penades, J. Ross Fitzgerald

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This chapter focuses on the staphylococcal species that are of most relevance to veterinary diseases. These are Staphylococcus aureus , associated with infections of cattle, poultry, and rabbits, Staphylococcus hyicus , the main causative agent of greasy pig disease, and Staphylococcus pseudintermedius , the main causative agent of canine pyoderma. The chapter also discusses the role of coagulase-negative species in both human and veterinary medicine and their role in bovine mastitis. The formation of capsular polysaccharides by S. aureus has been linked to their persistence within the host mammary gland, and encapsulated S. aureus are more resistant to macrophages than non-encapsulated strains. The production of exfoliative toxins by S. hyicus is thought to be important for the development of exudative epidermitis but it is also understood that underlying factors are required for the infection to establish.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPathogenesis of bacterial infections in animals
EditorsJohn F. Prescott, Andrew N. Rycroft, John D. Boyce, Janet I. MacInnes, Filip Van Immerseel, José A. Vázquez-Boland
Place of PublicationChichester
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781119754862
ISBN (Print)9781119754794
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2022


  • Bovine mastitis
  • Canine pyoderma
  • Capsular polysaccharides
  • Coagulase-negative species
  • Greasy pig disease
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Staphylococcus hyicus
  • Staphylococcus pseudintermedius
  • Veterinary diseases


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