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Antimicrobial agents are essential drugs for the treatment of bacterial infections. An inevitable side effect of the use of antimicrobials is the selection, development and dissemination of resistant bacteria, especially if these drugs are overused or misused. Several case studies have documented the presence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in small animal veterinary medicine, and the potential role of pets as AMR reservoirs for people. In Italy, the lack of computerised prescriptions for veterinary medical products is one of the main problems in identifying the most commonly prescribed antimicrobials in each species (and the relative amounts). In this context, the regional veterinary service of Emilia Romagna (ER) implemented a project to evaluate the use of antimicrobials in veterinary medicine, in order to help draw up guidelines for the prudent and rational use of these drugs. This paper focuses on the use of antimicrobials in pets and presents the data collected …
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