What are the Downsides of Antibiotics for Pets? - The Horse Forum
  • 5 Post By natisha
  • 1 Post By Smilie
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 04-12-2017, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
Sponsored Post
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 5
• Horses: 0
What are the Downsides of Antibiotics for Pets?

Are you worried about giving your pet too many antibiotics? To avoid resistance, there are alternative products to help treat common health issues.

Antibiotics are commonly prescribed to treat a variety of ailments in dogs, but pet owners should be aware that there are some downsides associated with the use of antibiotics. Thankfully, there are alternatives to antibiotics as well, so it’s definitely worth taking an integrative approach when it comes to your furry friend’s health.

Your Dog’s Body Could Develop a Resistance to Antibiotics

Antibiotic resistance occurs in humans, but it can also occur in pets. Basically, bacteria that cause disease are able to find ways to resist the medications that are prescribed by vets.

Resistance can develop as a result of antibiotics being over-prescribed and used in instances when they aren’t actually appropriate. Improper duration and dosage could also lead to antibiotic resistance, and low, frequent doses that aren’t strong enough to eliminate all bacteria could result in some of the surviving bacteria developing a resistance. The bacteria can then pass that resistance on to other bacteria, rendering the medication ineffective.
Read more about What are the Downsides of Antibiotics for Pets? at PetGuide.com.

MOD NOTE. This is a legitimate thread. Jaydee. Moderating.

Last edited by jaydee; 04-14-2017 at 11:10 AM.
Petguide.com is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 8 Old 04-12-2017, 09:47 PM
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Palmyra, Wisconsin
Posts: 6,101
• Horses: 4
The bigger downside is not using antibiotics when you should & having a sick or dead pet.
natisha is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 04-13-2017, 01:43 AM
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Southern Indiana
Posts: 5,503
• Horses: 12
Originally Posted by natisha View Post
The bigger downside is not using antibiotics when you should & having a sick or dead pet.
My thoughts exactly!

R.I.P. JC 5/19/85 - 12/9/14. You made my life better.
JCnGrace is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 04-13-2017, 08:56 PM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 13,526
• Horses: 0
All drugs have 'side effects' or 'down sides' & should be used judiciously. Anti-b's no different, & no different to use for humans.

Last edited by farmpony84; 04-13-2017 at 09:04 PM.
loosie is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 04-14-2017, 04:04 AM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: SW UK
Posts: 10,934
• Horses: 0
There is a great deal of over use of antibiotics in humans and pets.

The more they are used the more immune the bugs become to them.

Obviously there are great uses for antibiotics but they are not the cure all for everything which many people seem to think they are.
Foxhunter is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 04-14-2017, 07:41 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 2,643
• Horses: 0
Antibiotics today still work great on bacterial infections...
Antibiotics do not work on viral infections...
Today with so many self-diagnosing the misuse of antibiotics is crazy.
The other problem is the drug is taken and not fully till gone...that is where the drug-resistance comes in...
I don't take "drugs" unless prescribed by the doctor, he tells me what I am ailing from not me telling him!
I also follow instructions and take them till gone so all of the "germs" are gone and dead not mutating into something far sinister and worse to treat next time.
I also don't take someone else prescription drugs, ever!
You don't find "leftover" drugs in my home either as there are no leftovers when you take the prescription dosage amount as followed....
I also don't self medicate prescription drugs or OTC drugs intended for other uses or by animals...
Me, I'm old-fashioned...
If sick I go to the doctor for their expertise and diagnosis, not telling them what is wrong with me by "diagnosis" only my symptoms.
The same is true for my animals...
I let the experts do what they are expert in..
I'm smart enough to know when I'm sick and brilliant to let the expert doctors I use help make me or my animals be well again.

The worst day is instantly better when shared with my horse.....
horselovinguy is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 04-14-2017, 10:41 AM
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
Posts: 8,854
• 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.`
horselovinguy likes this.

Last edited by Smilie; 04-14-2017 at 10:47 AM.
Smilie is online now  
post #8 of 8 Old 04-15-2017, 03:38 PM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Georgia USA
Posts: 6,864
• Horses: 1
I am a veterinarian and I find that most of my patients that have had all their vaccinations will rarely need antibiotics. This means that when they do get them, they work well.

Home diagnosis and feed store medicine tends to lead to over use of antibiotics.

Some antibiotic can cause stomach upset.
If the bet is dying from an infection, they really need the antibiotics.

Find a veterinarian that you trust and follow their advice.

Carpe Diem!
Celeste is online now  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
allergic to most/all antibiotics? 4horses Rider Wellness 6 12-04-2014 09:47 PM
Flaxseed oil- Benefits/downsides? grayshell38 Horse Health 11 03-05-2012 08:22 AM
Downsides of cutting horses.... SorrelHorse Cutting and Team Penning 19 01-18-2012 11:12 PM
The downsides to running barrels. free_sprtd Western Riding 51 04-01-2010 06:46 PM
When for antibiotics? KTSpeedhorse Horse Health 6 06-09-2009 09:05 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome