Antibiotic: a medicine (such as penicillin or its derivatives) that inhibits the growth of or destroys microorganisms.
This year, November 14-20 is Get Smart About Antibiotics Week.
Depending on what illness, infection or allergy your pet has, an antibiotic prescribed by one of our vets can be imperative to your pet’s well-being.
Antibiotic prescriptions aren’t usually something that will be prescribed for a long time because they are simply used to kill off bad bacteria.
But what about your pet gaining good bacteria to fight off infections in the future?
Probiotics are then prescribed.
Probiotics: “live microorganisms, which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.”
The idea of probiotics is that good bacteria is administered via the probiotic, which then creates the further production of good bacteria. Depending on your pet’s diagnosis, your pet may be prescribed a probiotic for a short-term basis or can be a daily, long-term prescription.
It’s important to keep your pet healthy and free of bad bacterias that can later create health problems for your pet. Please be aware of your pet and if they are showing any abnormal symptoms, bring them in. By getting your pet on the proper antibiotic or probiotic could save their life and also prevent more costly health situations down the road.
Day and Evening Pet Hospital Staff