The bacteria found on my dog’s paw
Title of the paper: Isolation and analysis of abundant bacterium from allergy-prone canine’s interdigital space to determine pathogenicity
My name: Danielle Bohan
Brief description: This paper reports my findings of the bacteria I isolated from my dog’s paw. I decided to isolate bacteria from my dog’s paw since he has allergies and, as a result, he has chronic bacterial infections of his paws. I was curious to find out if the isolated bacterium is normally present on canine skin or if it was something unusual. According to PATRIC and Krona, my isolate contained mostly Deinococcus radiodurans and a small portion of Weissella cibaria. Almost all of the physiologic testing and the cell/colony appearance pointed to Weissella cibaria. I did not find evidence of having isolated D. radiodurans other than what PATRIC reported. Weissella cibaria is normally found on skin and feces, so it makes sense that I would find something like this on my dog’s paw. W. cibaria is also an opportunistic pathogen, so it makes more sense that this is the bacterium that is overgrowing on my dog’s paw. It would have been nice to redo the DNA extraction and sequencing to double check my isolate’s genome.
One image: Below is an image of what my TSA plates looked like after multiple isolation transfers. This image is a photo of Weissella cibaria that I pulled from online.
A functional link to my paper: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vJ8jWEtJjIsKNmLczCD1F4EBRGaUjav8yhzcl9eOWMM/edit?usp=sharing