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Selecting the right antimicrobial for use in pet species
  1. Iain Cope, BSc(VetSci)Hons, BVM&S, CertAVP(ZM), MRCVS
  1. Newmarket Vets4Pets, Fordham Road, Newmarket CB8 7SX, UK, e-mail:

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WITH the growing trend of ‘One Health medicine’ and continued development of antimicrobial resistance (Gibbens 2016), understanding which bacteria are present in the disease process presented to clinicians, and what antibiotics they are sensitive to, are important in aiding accurate and fast treatment. In addition, the conservation of antibiotics is essential where possible, along with understanding long-term trends.

This can be done on a case-by-case basis, but may sometimes be prohibited by cost. Therefore, having evidence-based trends can help clinicians decide on the most appropriate antibiotics to use based on a percentage chance of what is most common and what usually works best. Trends also help indicate changes with time if done serially, alerting the veterinary profession to any changes and resistance patterns and, therefore, hopefully allowing for appropriate early remedial intervention.

With talk of restrictions on the use of antibiotics by the medical and veterinary professions, understanding which antibiotics currently work and are most effective is essential. This is especially important in certain species …

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