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Features October 2017 Issue

Does Antibiotic Use in Dogs End Up Backfiring, Diminishing the Drugs’ Ability to Kill Harmful Bacteria?

Tufts veterinarian Annie Wayne, who is researching how dogs and people affect each other when it comes to being infected with bacteria that are antibiotic-resistant, hangs out with her pointer, Louie. Louie was one of the participants in Dr. Wayne’s pilot study. (He was paired with the family’s nanny because, as one of the researchers, it would not have been appropriate for Dr. Wayne herself to be a subject.)

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.

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