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What are the Downsides of Antibiotics for Pets?





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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.
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The bigger downside is not using antibiotics when you should & having a sick or dead pet.
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The bigger downside is not using antibiotics when you should & having a sick or dead pet.
My thoughts exactly!

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All drugs have 'side effects' or 'down sides' & should be used judiciously. Anti-b's no different, & no different to use for humans.

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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.
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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.
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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.`
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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.

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