You’ve probably heard about antibiotic resistance in humans, but what aboutpets? It turns out some veterinarians and scientists are very concerned aboutit. As Consumer Reports found out, they’re sounding the alarm in the interestof public and pet health.

When people take antibiotics they don’t need, it can lead to the developmentof bacteria that actually resist those drugs and are harder to treat with thetypical medications used. And the exact same thing can happen with animals.

The health team at Consumer Reports says that no one should take an antibiotiche or she doesn’t need — people or pets!

Antibiotics can cause side effects in pets, including diarrhea, vomiting, andeven seizures.

The decision to use antibiotics should be on a case-by-case basis; you don’twant to abuse medication.

The best approach may be to take preventative steps to help keep your petsfrom getting sick in the first place. For example, keep them up to date ontheir shots, and be diligent about laundering pet bedding and hand washing.

Consumer Reports also encourages pet owners to speak up. That means if yourdog or cat is sick, let your vet know that you don’t want an antibiotic to beprescribed unless it’s really necessary. And ask whether there are otheroptions your pet can try first.


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