Antibiotic use in pets (fish) could give rise to superbugs, experts warn

It’s quite common I get calls to supply medicines, especially "metro" from potential clients. There are many reasons why a veterinarian cannot prescribe/dispense/supply without seeing the patient. We need to use the medicines properly and only when it is needed. Read on to find out more…

March 19, 2015

Antibiotic use in pets could give rise to superbugs, experts warn

Buying antibiotics from pet stores could come back to haunt you, infectious disease specialist says. A lack of surveillance and uncontrolled use of antibiotics in pets across Canada could be adding to the growing problem of superbugs.

Antibiotic medicines, such as erythromycin and tetracycline (the same ones used in people), are readily available in pet shops. No questions asked or prescription required. People, on the other hand, have to see their doctors to get a prescription for such medication.

Dr. Scott Weese, an infectious disease specialist at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, said that "just completely makes no sense. If we need to use an antibiotic, we need to use it right — which means getting the right diagnosis," he said.

"We need to use the right drug, right duration. All of these things can go wrong if people access the drugs in a wrong way," said Weese, who’s also the lead author on a new consensus statement calling for greater stewardship of antibiotic use on domestic animals, which was presented at a veterinary conference last year.

It’s not uncommon for pet owners to … … .

See the source (http://tinyurl.com/pryousf) for the full story.

The “consensus statement” referred to in the news article is available at http://tinyurl.com/kcy42rk.

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