Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
• Horses: 0
There are both doctors and vets that over prescribe antibiotics, esp when using them prophilatcally , BUT there are times to use to correct antibiotic, ideally based on a C&S , or at least, with some knowledge as to what bacteria is likely to be involved in a certain area/infection, and then prescribing abroad spectrum gram negative or gram positive antibiotic.
My vet is strongly in the school of not using antibiotics,unless indicated. He does not give anything except a tetanus shot, when gelding colts, and just has me monitor temp, giving antibiotics only if needed.
Once I told him, over the phone, that I had already given one horse some antibiotics, when that horse had cut himself in a fence. His first question was, 'what was the temp\
I gave him my excuse that I could not find a thermometer, where upon he drily replied, "don you have neighbors?"
On the other end of the spectrum are what I call the Alternative' crazies, who are just as extreme in there stance, as those that over use antibiotics, thus never resorting to them, and recent court cases here have proven how that ends
in one case, a mother just treated her son with herbal remedies, while a serious bacterial infection set in, eventually shutting
down his vital organs and killing him. By the time she called for medical help, he was already essentially dead
As in all things, there needs to be balance and also knowledge, and not just hard core dogma.`
Last edited by Smilie; 04-14-2017 at 10:47 AM.