Does Antibiotic Use in Dogs End Up Backfiring, Diminishing the Drugs’ Ability to Kill Harmful Bacteria?
Our pets’ antibiotic prescriptions may affect our health as well as theirs.
Since antibiotics came into common medical practice in the late 1940s, they have eradicated countless bacterial infections that used to routinely kill people long before they reached old age. They are indeed wonder drugs. But today, antibiotic resistance — a weakening of these drugs’ power to do away with harmful bacteria and eliminate sometimes deadly infections — is more and more becoming a threat not only to human health but also the health of our pets.