UK Registered Charity 1122246 This website would not be possible without the kind help of Tony Martin of the “AV Martin Charitable Foundation”

Some antibiotics have side effects but your vet can outline these to you.  Your vet has to judge the benefits of the antibiotic against any possible side effects.

Most of these are minor, such as an upset tummy, but prolonged use can result in antibiotic resistance.  Tell your vet as well if your pet might be pregnant as some antibiotics can affect a pet’s babies.  Some antibiotics can affect the kidneys, so again always tell your vet if your pet is showing any signs of this, such as excess drinking.

It’s always best to write down all of the symptoms that an ill pet has and take this with you when you take your pet to see your vet.  It’s easy to forget all of the illness signs and as we say ‘pets can’t talk’.  Vets rely a lot on what an owner tells them as well as the clinical signs.

Your vet will prescribe antibiotics at a specific dose and for a specific time.  Some diseases are easy to treat with a short course of one antibiotic but some may need a much longer course.

With longer courses of antibiotics, your vet will again have to balance out the benefits against the possible side effects.  However, some diseases will need longer courses of antibiotics and your vet will discuss with you any possible side-effects.  For example, long-term antibiotics may affect a pet’s helpful bacteria in the intestines but your vet will be able to advise you about this.

Author – Elaine Pendlebury BA BSc  BVetMed DMS MRCVS  Senior Veterinary Surgeon (Science & Welfare) PDSA

Did you know...

Pets can become carriers through the close physical contact they have with people who are themselves carriers.

Videos

View more

All about infections

PC-vet-dog-ear-inspection-spotting-infections-header

Spotting Infections

Infections can generally be treated successfully with a single course of antibiotics, which may come in the form of creams or ointments, injections, or tablets, and many infections will even [&hellip

PC-mrsa-in-horses-field-black-horse-header

MRSA In Horses

Staphylococcus aureus can also be found in the nose, intestinal tract or skin of a small percentage of normal, healthy horses, although the frequency with which it is found varies [&hellip

PC_bacteria__test_tube_testing-header

Viruses vs Bacteria

The differences between bacteria and viruses Author – Elaine Pendlebury BA BSc  BVetMed DMS MRCVS  Senior Veterinary Surgeon (Science & Welfare) PDSA Bacteria (singular is bacterium) are one celled living organisms [&hellip

How we have Helped

My dog Larry became infected with MRSA following cruciate ligament surgery (just like Bella did) I searched the website for information on pets and MRSA and found The Bella Moss [&hellip

Charlotte Hudley (Gloucestshire)

Jahari contracted the canine MRSI from an overdose of an allergy shot. He was supposed to receive an increase of 1/10 of the allergy medicine and was instead injected with [&hellip

Kathleen – Jahari

View more

Corporate Supporters

Educational Partners

Media Supporters

Supporters