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If your pet has to undergo surgery, avoid courses of antibiotics unless they are necessary. In particular, repeated courses of antibiotics increase the risk of resistant bacteria appearing. There are of course some patients who need repeated or prolonged antibiotic courses – again, talk to your vet if you have concerns.

Finally, be aware that infections that do not seem to be responding to treatment may be a sign of resistant bacteria. Repeated infections can be a sign of the presence of resistant bacteria too; however, repeated infections can also happen for other reasons (e.g. in allergic animals that get recurrent skin infections).

Ask your vet what infection control policy the practice has in place and if you work in health care, or have regular contact with hospitals let your vet know as extra precautions can be taken to protect your pet.

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