Get Smart About Antibiotics for Your Pets

On November 14-20, the CDC recognized “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week,” which aims to raise awareness of the proper usage of antibiotics. As animals are often also prescribed human medications, we wanted to take this time to teach our families about proper antibiotic dosing in pets.

One important thing to remember is, like humans, antibiotics are not always the solution. In fact, in many cases, like with humans, overuse of an antibiotic could lead to other concerns, such as nutrient deficiencies, an increased resistance to medication and the killing off of good bacteria that helps fight other diseases.

Of course, there are cases in which your pet should receive antibiotics, including for the treatment of infections that the pet may have already encountered or after a surgery, in order to ward off possible future infections. In these instances, it is important to remember to follow the dosing instructions provided by your veterinarian as every breed and size of animal will require differing amounts. It is also very important to note that, if your pet develops an infection, you should never administer an antibiotic (such as the leftover medicine in your cabinet from your toddler’s most recent ear infection) without first consulting your veterinarian.

If you are unsure whether you should administer an antibiotic to your pet, be sure to contact your local Central Veterinary Associates clinic for an evaluation. For more information, or to make an appointment, call our Valley Stream location, 24/7, 365, at (516) 825-3066 or visit

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