Antibiotic Resistance: How to Protect Your Dog

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The discovery of penicillin in 1928 and its large scale use in US military personnel during World War II revolutionized medicine and human animal health worldwide. Since then large pharmaceutical companies have discovered and developed nearly 150 antibiotics drugs. Now, the overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals has created worldwide growth of “super bugs” or bacteria that are resistant to antibiotic therapy. World health of humans and animals is now threatened by these same “miracle drugs.” Despite the enormity of the problem there are things you can do to protect your dog.

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The Scope of Antibiotic Resistance

This year the World Health Organization published a report that surveyed 114 countries’ medical data about bacterial resistance. Here is a summary of the major findings:

  • 50% of bacteria in many countries were resistant to antibiotics commonly used to treat such infections
  • Life threatening bacteria like coli, Staphylococcus and Klebsiella are…

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