Reasons to think twice before giving antibiotics to your pet
You’ve probably heard about antibiotic resistance in humans, but some veterinarians and scientists are very concerned about antibiotics for pets.
Now, they’re sounding the alarm in the interest of the public and pet health.
When people take antibiotics that they don't really need, it can lead to the development of bacteria that resist those drugs and are therefore harder to treat with typical medications. The exact same thing can happen with animals.
The health team at Consumer Reports says that none of us, people or our pets, should take an antibiotic we don’t need. Antibiotics can cause side effects in pets, including diarrhea, vomiting, and even seizures.
The decision to use antibiotics should be on a case-by-case basis -- you don’t want to abuse medication. The best approach may be to take preventative steps to help keep your pets from getting sick in the first place. For example, keep them up to date on their shots, be diligent about laundering pet bedding, and be extra diligent about washing your hands.
Consumer Reports also encourages pet owners to speak up. If your dog or cat is sick, let your vet know that you don’t want an antibiotic to be prescribed unless it’s really necessary. Also, ask whether there are other options your pet can try first.