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In summary, there needs to be an emphasis on not only reduced use of antimicrobials but also improved use
of antimicrobials in order to battle the emergence of resistant bacterial populations. Veterinary practitioners are urged to become familiar with guidelines documents produced by ISCAID, ACVIM, and AVMA to guide rational antimicrobial therapy in companion animal practice.
References
1. Weese JS, Blondeau JM, Boothe D, et al. Antimicrobial use guidelines for treatment of urinary tract disease in dogs and cats: antimicrobial guidelines working group of the international society for companion animal infectious diseases. Vet Med Int 2011;2011:263768.
2. Hillier A, Lloyd DH, Weese JS, et al. Guidelines for the diagnosis and antimicrobial therapy of canine super cial bacterial folliculitis (Antimicrobial Guidelines Working Group of the International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases). Vet Dermatol 2014;25:163-175, e142-163.
3. Weese JS, Giguere S, Guardabassi L, et al. ACVIM consensus statement on therapeutic antimicrobial use in animals and antimicrobial resistance. J Vet Intern Med 2015;29:487-498.
4. Bender JB, Barlam TF, Glore RP, et al. The AVMA Task Force for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Companion Animal Practice responds. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2015;246:727-728.
5. Grayzel SE, Bender JB, Glore RP, et al. Understanding Companion Animal Practitioners’ Attitudes toward Issues of Antimicrobial Stewardship J Am Vet Med Assoc 2015:In press.
6. Baker SA, Van-Balen J, Lu B, et al. Antimicrobial drug use in dogs prior to admission to a veterinary teaching hospital. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2012;241:210- 217.
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