Ever since the accidental discovery of antibiotics, both humans and animals have been reaping life-saving benefits from it. However, the usage of antibiotics for pets is not to be taken lightly as it has some serious repercussions if not taken correctly.
Strains of bacteria continually become immune to antibiotics, and so it is important to give them according to the vet’s advice.
Here are some reminders on the usage of antibiotics in your pets:
1. Not all human antibiotics are safe for your pets
Sometimes, due to lack of budget or mere stinginess, pet owners tend to self-medicate their pets in order to avoid vet bills.
This is seriously wrong. Certain antibiotics meant for humans can harm your pets, such as isoniazid and amoxicillin.
Never self-medicate your pets, because to do so is to put their lives at risk.
2. What’s effective for one doesn’t necessarily apply to all
You should never give antibiotics to your pet just because it was effective on another.
Depending on which country you’re from, chances are you won’t be able to buy antibiotics without a doctor’s prescription. And even if you could, it wouldn’t guarantee healing.
For an antibiotic to become effective, the right dosage should be administered and taken at the right time.
To determine the right kind of antibiotics and the right dosage, a veterinarian needs to assess the severity of your pet’s condition and compute the dosage by determining your pet’s weight.
Additionally, the vet needs to examine your pet’s medical history to determine if he’s allergic to any medication and to check the antibiotics he had taken in the past.
He also needs to make sure that your pet is not taking any medication which may interact with the antibiotics he’s going to prescribe.
3. Completing the number of days is crucial
A hard and fast rule in taking antibiotics is this: Take them on time and continue taking them as long as the vet has prescribed.
Most of the time, there will be a significant improvement in our pets within 3 days of taking antibiotics, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they are completely healed and don’t need to take more.
They need to complete the set of antibiotics prescribed (usually for 5 or 7 days) to successfully eliminate all bacteria, otherwise, the surviving bacteria will become immune to the kind of antibiotics taken.
The healing power of antibiotics has already saved the lives of thousands of pets.
However, we must exercise caution in giving antibiotics to our pets, and we must never give it to them unnecessarily.
For example, viral infections cannot be cured by antibiotics because they are structured differently.
The first step in protecting your pets from diseases is through vaccination. Vaccination is their first line of defense, followed by proper diet and regular exercise.