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Antibiotics are ‘broad spectrum’ or ‘narrow spectrum’.  The broad spectrum ones affect more bacteria species than narrow spectrum ones do.  However, the broad spectrum ones, like penicillin type antibiotics, are more likely to create resistant bacteria so the vet will aim to prescribe a medicine that is effective against only a limited range of bacteria.

 

Avoidance of using antibiotics that react with each other

Some antibiotics react with each other.  For example, some actions of the antibiotic penicillin may be stopped by an antibiotic called ‘oxytetracycline’.

 

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

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