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Exploring Antimicrobial use through pet owner interactions

M. Smith, C. King, M. Davis and others

Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control (2018) 7, 46

doi: 10.1186/s13756-018-0341-1

• What did the research find?

A survey of vets and pet owners found that both parties had differing perceptions of where pressure to prescribe antibiotics inappropriately originated. Vets perceived it was mostly pet owners who pushed for inappropriate antibiotics, whereas pet owners reported they felt it was vets who overprescribed.

Low levels of understanding of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in general were apparent among pet owners and an understanding of AMR in pets was almost non-existent in the sample.

• How was it conducted?

In-depth semi-structured interviews were carried out with pet owners (n=23) and vets (n=16) across the UK in 2017. A thematic analysis approach was taken to identify key behaviours emerging from participant accounts.

• Why is it important?

Animals have been shown to potentially act as reservoirs …

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