Are you worried about giving your pet too many antibiotics? To avoid resistance, there are alternative products to help treat common health issues.
Antibiotics are commonly prescribed to treat a variety of ailments in dogs, but pet owners should be aware that there are some downsides associated with the use of antibiotics. Thankfully, there are alternatives to antibiotics as well, so it’s definitely worth taking an integrative approach when it comes to your furry friend’s health.
Your Dog’s Body Could Develop a Resistance to Antibiotics
Antibiotic resistance occurs in humans, but it can also occur in pets. Basically, bacteria that cause disease are able to find ways to resist the medications that are prescribed by vets.
Resistance can develop as a result of antibiotics being over-prescribed and used in instances when they aren’t actually appropriate. Improper duration and dosage could also lead to antibiotic resistance, and low, frequent doses that aren’t strong enough to eliminate all bacteria could result in some of the surviving bacteria developing a resistance. The bacteria can then pass that resistance on to other bacteria, rendering the medication ineffective.
Other Drawbacks of Antibiotic Use
In addition to having to receive a prescription from your vet to give your pet an antibiotic, there are also side effects that are associated with these medications.
Common side effects include allergic reactions, including skin irritations like hives and rashes, as well as digestive problems like stomach irritation, vomiting, and diarrhea. Your pet might even develop secondary infections, such as yeast infections, and might become lethargic or lose their appetite.
Alternatives to Antibiotics
Vetericyn Plus® products, which are recommended by top veterinarians’ don’t contain any antibiotics, steroids, or tea tree oil, and are safe to use for all animals. They are non-toxic, as well as easy to administer, and they can serve as a treatment option when antibiotics are not appropriate. Plus, unlike antibiotics, your pet will not develop a resistance to these products and they can’t be overused.
Dr. Melinda J. Mayfield-Davis, DVM, WCHP-AH, brings over 20 years of experience in veterinary medicine. She is the Technical Services Veterinarian with Innovacyn, Inc., parent company of Vetericyn Animal Wellness. She received her DVM from Oklahoma State University and now resides in Southeast Kansas with her husband, two children, four dogs, and six horses. Prior to working with Innovacyn, Dr. Mayfield owned and operated the Animal Care Center in Columbus, KS.