Just what is the antibiotic apocalypse? We.. the antibiotic apocalypse is a time in the future where antibiotic resistance in pets and humans is the norm and we will again start dying from minor, every day infections due to superbugs such as MRSA. This is not science fiction, the risk is here and now. We all have a role to play. That includes our pets!
Responsible antibiotic use is something that every one of us has to take responsibility for. We must all come to realize that misuse will result in the rapid development of antibiotic resistance in dogs and cats (as well as people) and spread of multi-resistant superbugs. Superbugs (such as MRSA) are bacteria that are immune to the effects of some, or all, antibiotics.
There has been a major effort by vets as well as doctors to reduce the overuse or misuse of antibiotics. There are many conditions and situations where antibiotics used to be given that can actually be treated just as well by other means. All slowing the development of cat and dog superbugs.
These can include, kennel cough, skin infections, after surgery, viral disease, vomiting or diarrhoea and wounds.
There are also steps we can all take to reduce the development of antibiotic resistance in pets and superbugs from becoming an every day issue.
We need to think carefully about how we all use antibiotics this antibiotic awareness week 2017 and beyond. The antibiotic apocalypse in pets and humans might never happen, but if it does we will all need to accept a share of the responsibility.
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