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Every now and then, one of our charges becomes ill, and we start to look for a "miracle in a bottle". Frequently, that miracle is seen to be an antibiotic. Listed below are a few facts about antibiotics and their effectiveness. Much of this information came in an Agricultural Extension Service bulletin from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. I hope you find them as helpful as did I.


Many times, we give an antibiotic to an animal that actually has a viral infection. The viral infection will run its natural course of 5 to 9 days and no antibiotic is going to cure it. The animal remains ill. So what do many people tend to do? They change to another antibiotic on about day 4, thinking that the first one is not effective. The animal then tends to get better after a few days on the second antibiotic. These people then conclude that the second drug solved the problem, which is most certainly not the case. About all this sequence does is produce resistant bacteria within their animals. Listed below are a few of the common antibiotics that are available today, along with a general description of that for which they are often used.This is not an exhaustive list - just a rough set of guidelines. Always consult your veterinarian before treating your animal.
In the seeming confusion of what to use and when to use it, perhaps this will give you a place to start and some general guidelines to follow. ALWAYS check with your veterinarian when making the choice of an antibiotic, and always read and follow precisely the directions given on the label. You may also wish to have the bacteria cultured to help in the selection of the most effective antibiotic.


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