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Anaerobic Bacterial Infections in dogs and cats


Anaerobic bacteria thrive in an environment with little or no oxygen. These bacteria can produce a number of injurious toxins and enzymes. Anaerobic bacteria can infect any part of the body.

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- Anaerobic infections are caused by bacteria requiring reduced oxygen tension. - The genera most commonly found in anaerobic infections are Bacteroides, Fusobacterium, Actinomyces, Clostridium, and Peptostreptococcus. - Individual organisms will vary in their potential to withstand oxygen exposure. - A number of injurious toxins and enzymes may be elaborated by the organisms, leading to extension of the infection into adjacent, healthy tissue.
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