Antibiotics for Cats
Why Antibiotics Fail continued...
Antibiotics can destroy the normal flora in the body that crowds out
pathogens. This allows harmful bacteria to multiply and cause disease.
Furthermore, strains of bacteria may develop that are resistant to antibiotics
and thus cannot be effectively controlled. This is particularly likely to occur
when antibiotics are used
- For too short a time
- In too low a dosage
- When the antibiotic is not bactericidal
Microorganisms that are resistant to one antibiotic are usually resistant to
other antibiotics of the same class. The development of antibiotic-resistant
bacteria is one of the main reasons why antibiotics should be used exactly as
prescribed and only in situations in which they will clearly benefit the cat.
Antimicrobial resistance is becoming a serious health problem for both pets and
Antibiotics should only be used when necessary and always used
appropriately. Most upper respiratory infections in cats are caused by viruses
that are not affected by antibiotics. Also, most bladder problems in cats are
not accompanied by bacterial infections and will not benefit from treatment