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ANTIBIOTICS are essential drugs used to treat or prevent bacterial infections. However, there is growing concern about the antibiotic resistance of bacteria, which are found in both humans and other animals, and which can affect treatments for humans and animals.
The World Antimicrobial Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of global antibiotic resistance and promote best practices.
Lynne James, veterinarian at PDSA, said, “When antibiotics are used inappropriately, there is a higher chance that bacteria will become resistant to them, which means they will stop working when we need them most.
Without effective antibiotics, even simple bacterial infections would be untreatable, meaning many procedures and surgeries become riskier for both people and pets.
It is so important that antibiotics are used responsibly to ensure their continued effectiveness for us and future generations. ”
Lynne has compiled top tips for pet owners that can help prevent antibiotic resistance:
Not every disease requires antibiotics – for example, they don’t kill viruses, so your vet won’t prescribe antibiotics if your pet has a viral infection. To ensure that antibiotics remain effective now and in the future, they should only be used when really necessary. Your vet can talk to you in more detail if you’re not sure. Give your pet the medicine exactly as prescribed by your veterinarian. When doing so, follow the directions on the label and complete the entire course of antibiotics. Make sure you know specific directions for storing the drug to keep it working.
If your pet seems to be doing better soon after starting the course, you should continue treatment as directed by your veterinarian. If you drop out of the course, bacteria may have a chance to fight back and may develop resistance to antibiotics in the future.
Only use medication prescribed for that particular pet. Do not share medication between animals or reuse something that was prescribed on a previous occasion. At best, these medications may not work on your pet, and at worst, they can do serious harm to your pet and increase antibiotic resistance. You should also never give human medicine to your pet as it can be incredibly dangerous.
The most common way that germs spread among people is in our hands. Washing your hands properly with soap and water is the most important thing you can do to reduce the spread of infection – prevention is better than cure.
Healthy pets are better able to fight off infection without the need for antibiotics. Providing your pet with a good quality, balanced diet for age and lifestyle will keep them healthy.
Keep your pet at the correct weight and make sure they stay fit with regular exercise.
Preventive measures like vaccinations are incredibly important in avoiding many serious illnesses.
Neutering can help calm some walking trails and prevent animal-to-animal contact, which leads to the transmission of disease.
If you have any questions about antibiotics or medications your pet is taking, ask your veterinarian.
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