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LEADING VETERINARY charity, PDSA, has teamed up with pet owner awareness charity, The Bella Moss Foundation, to support European Antibiotic Awareness Day (18 November 2014) and to encourage pet owners and vets to pledge to become Antibiotic Guardians.

Antibiotics have been an essential medicine to fight infections in both animals and humans for many years, but they are losing their effectiveness at an increasing rate.

Elaine Pendlebury, Senior Vet at PDSA, explained: “Bacteria can adapt and become resistant to antibiotics, meaning they no longer work. The more that antibiotics are used, the more the resistance rates increase, putting future treatment of things such as infections, broken bones and operations in jeopardy.”

PDSA and The Bella Moss Foundation are encouraging all vets, pet own- ers and anyone who comes into contact with animals to sign up to be an Antibiotic Guardian by visiting www.antibioticguardian.com. They will pledge to help keep antibiotics effective by using them responsibly and reducing the unnecessary use of antibiotics.

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