If you use an antibiotic to treat an infection, but the dose is too low or you don’t give it for a sufficient length of time, some of the more hardy bacteria may survive and reproduce, says Roger Saltman, manager of dairy veterinary operations for Pfizer Animal Health. This can lead to a reoccurrence of the disease, as well as create bacterial strains that are less sensitive to the antibiotic and better able to withstand the medicine. Saltman provides these strategies to help you use antibiotics responsibly:
Use an antibiotic only when required.
Follow your veterinarian’s recommendations so that you match the right product with the infection needing to be treated.
Follow label guidelines regarding dose and duration to ensure the infection is completely cured.