Key points for antibiotic use to ensure efficacy of treatment and avoid the development of resistant bacteria
When an antibiotic has been prescribed it needs to always be given at appropriate intervals. For instance, twice a day means every 12 hours.
A dose should not be missed as it will effect the efficacy of the treatment and potentially lead to the bacteria becoming resistant to the antibiotic prescribed.
If your pet is sick after being given a table, and it is present in the vomit, they should receive another dose of antibiotic an hour or so later. If your pet is sick again you should contact the practice for advice.
If a tablet is missed by a few hours it is best to administer it as soon as possible and then return to the normal schedule. For example, if you are scheduled to give your pet a tablet at 8am and 8pm, but you miss the 8pm dose – perhaps you are late home from work, and didn’t get in till 11pm – give them the tablet at 11pm and then resume the usual schedule at 8am as planned.
Antibiotics are very safe and giving an increased dose is better than not giving enough. If in doubt please contact the practice for guidance.
The length of treatment should also be followed in order to avoid the proliferation of resistant bacteria in our environment.