These bacteria are normally soil dwelling and infect dogs through commensal activity or via trauma.
T. pyogenes produces a variety of known and putative virulence factors that include pyolysin and factors promoting adhesion to host cells.
Diagnosis is based on culture from infected urine or other fluids and definitive identification requires PCR assays.
Resistance of this bacteria to tetracycline and macrolides has been reported.
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