I was just thinking about this becasue Lucy has seemed to be on antibiotics three or four times since I have got her. She is on them again because her incision got a little infected from the spay. I know it is possible for a ressistance to antibiotics in humans. Can this aslo happen in pets? Does anyone know of any alternatives to antibiotics?
don't know of alternatives, and with infections it's not good to take the risk, because an incision infection can progress to really nasty things like peritonitis. there are a lot of antibiotics out there, and if your dog is not healing with one, the vet can switch to another one. also if needed a culture and sensitivity can be done to see which one will kill the bug if vet isn't finding one that works. as for losing sensitivity that is an issue, but more with indiscrimminate use, using antibiotics when not needed. it's the germ that gets resistant, not the animal. so i'd keep up with the antibiotics as needed, and if something doesn't heal on one, they can try another.
I think the key here is your question. 'Can long term *overuse* harm a dog?' I sincerely doubt you are overusing the antibiotics. To me, overuse is giving them when they aren't needed or prescribed by the veterinarian. You're only giving them as necessary and prescribed by your vet to prevent and clear up infections that currently exist. And as someone else stated, there are other medications if the infection looks as if it's becoming immune to what you are using. As far as it actually harming the dog, I think it only harms in the sense that incorrect use of antibiotics kills off 'good' bacteria too.
and, with humans, all this antibacterial soap, lotion, pens, etc. is really messing things up. bacteria ARE getting more resistant to antibiotics, so when we really need them, it can be hard to find one to work. means having to find new ones, and in the future that may get harder to do. for home use good ol' fashioned hand washing with regular soap is good enough, instead of antibacterial soap and all. okay, i'm off my soapbox.
minniyar..Yes, that is want I was trying to say. I only use them if the vet perscribes them. My vet will only prescibe them if her feels it is really necessary. So, antibiotics can kill off the good bacteria. Now I remeber that the vet was saying something like that too. Thanks! That is what I was trying to remember. gheez, you always have a good answer even if someone posts a question that is worded kind of weird Does anyone know of a supplement that can help dogs boost up their immune system?
Pearl, I am glad you're a human nurse :) I work in our county hospital with the Texas Dept of human services. I'm a case worker and help low income families with benefits. Since I am at the hospital instead of the local office I am called an outstationed worker and the hospital pays a portion of my salary back to the state. They recoup their money when patients who would have never paid the bill get coverage with medicare/medicaid. I am also going to school full time to be a teacher. Just something I have wanted to do ever since I can remember. What type of nursing do you do? I mean like, er, l & d, etc...
right now i'm in a transitional care unit with mostly geriatrics. i have a lot to do with medicare. i've done a lot- pediatrics, critical care, clinic, nursing home, med/surg, and worked at denver general hospital which was a lot of everything- a trauma/teaching hospital. funny, i went to school to be a teacher first then went to nursing.
Wow, pearl you are a human nurse. That is great! I am currently in school right now to become a nurse. I wish I would have finished awhile back, but I had my daughter and then got married and that pretty much took up all my time. Well, I just applied to nursing school, so hopefully I will get in next year! Finally I am already 28, gheez I should already be done with this part of my life. How long have you been a nurse?
gina, well back in the 1970's i graduated from college and there was a huge glut of elementary teachers on the market. i didn't have any specialties, and after 2 years of being a substitute and waitressing, and no full time teaching job, i said okay, what's next. so i went into nursing. i don't regret it. what age are you going to teach? and sarah, i was first a nurse's aid to see if i liked it, then an LPN for 10 years. then i got an associate degree in nursing, then got my bachelor's degree just 9 years ago! the whole process of education was 16 years. so, don't worry about should have been done by now! i've been a nurse for 26 years.
The body should have its chance to fight things off itself because using antibiotcs can stifle the immunity and kills your own bacteria. But for dogs, I think it's best to try to go for the sure thing.