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Antibiotic Usage

April 13, 2021

Increasingly we are hearing about how antibiotic resistance is on the rise and is a threat to global health!

Antibiotics are important and many infections cannot be managed without antibiotics. To investigate if a bacterial infection is the cause of your animal’s illness, the veterinarian might need to collect samples to enable them to choose the right antibiotic the first time.

Not all infections are caused by bacteria, e.g. some are viral and do not respond to antibiotics.

👉 Do not expect antibiotics.
If your veterinarian does not prescribe antibiotics there will be a reason for this. In most cases it is not appropriate to use antibiotics in a precautionary manner. If you don’t understand why your pet has/hasn’t been prescribed antibiotics please ask.

👉Handle your animal in a clean way.
Always use gloves and disinfect your hands before and
after attending to wounds or cleaning ears.

👉Always follow the veterinary instructions on medications
🐾Only give the antibiotics as instructed, and for the full course prescribed.
🐾Contact your veterinarian if the treatment is not effective within the recommended period.
🐾Do not change dosage or stop the medication in advance, and keep your follow up appointments.
🐾Do not share antibiotics with other animals or animal owners.
🐾Never use left over medicines.

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