The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association is highlighting antimicrobial stewardship during Animal Health Week from September 28 to October 4, 2014. It is an opportunity to promote veterinarians as responsible stewards of the important medications that keep animals and humans healthy.
Using the campaign slogan “Our Role, Our Responsibility”, we will encourage animal owners to trust in their veterinarian, use antibiotics safely and keep their pets healthy.
Animal owners should know that veterinarians are responsible stewards of the important medications that keep animals and humans healthy. Antibiotics are life-saving drugs, but their use must be appropriate in order to preserve the effectiveness of these drugs. Not all illnesses require an antibiotic prescription – testing may be required in order for a veterinarian to determine whether or not an antibiotic is required. Antibiotics should be administered exactly as prescribed by a veterinarian. Healthy animals can better fight off potential illnesses. A healthy lifestyle includes regular veterinary visits, vaccinations, parasite prevention, exercise and good nutrition.