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Pet owners’ knowledge of and attitudes toward the judicious use of antimicrobials in dogs and cats | VETgirl Veterinary CE Blog

In this VETgirl online veterinary blog, we interview Dr. Laurel Redding, VMD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Penn Vet and Dr. Stephen Cole, VMD, MS, DACVM and Lecturer in Microbiology at Penn Vet on their recent study entitled Pet owners’ knowledge of and attitudes toward the judicious use of antimicrobials for companion animals. Do pet owners trust it when it comes to dispensing antimicrobial therapy? Can cat owners even get the medications into their cat? What's the compliance? Should we be still treating UTIs with 2 weeks of antibiotics?

The International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Disease (ISCAID) has published three important, free articles on appropriate antimicrobial use here:

1. Antimicrobial use guidelines for treatment of urinary tract disease in dogs and cats: Antimicrobial guidelines Working Group of ISCAID
2. Guidelines for the diagnosis and antimicrobial therapy of canine superficial bacterial folliculitis (Antimicrobial guidelines Working Group of the ISCAID)
3. Antimicrobial use guidelines for treatment of respiratory tract disease in dogs and cats: Antimicrobial guidelines Working Group of ISCAID

References:
Redding LE, Cole SD. Pet owners’ knowledge of and attitudes toward the judicious use of antimicrobials for companion animals. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2019;254(5):626-635.

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