Are You Concerned About Over-Using Antibiotics?

Posted by James Root on

Bacterial infections occur in 10%-15% dogs over a lifetime. They account for significant use (and potential misuse) of antibiotics. Starting antibiotics without prior culture can lead to a variety of problems, including inappropriate use of drugs, delay of diagnosis, and wasted resources on cost of inappropriate treatment, while contributing to antibiotic resistance. More than half of all urine samples cultured from animals suspected of bacterial infections come back negative , meaning that antibiotics would have been started in error, delaying the further work-up required to diagnose correctly. Veterinarians often face clients reluctant to support the cost of urine cultures, while...

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