For animal owners

What you can do

  1. Not all sick pets need antibiotics – only give them under veterinary supervision
  2. Help reduce your pet’s need for antibiotics through routine vaccination, a clean environment and good nutrition
  3. Spread the word that people and animals could die because of antibiotic resistance — we all have a role to play
  • Recognise that not all sick pets require antibiotics. 
  • Minor injuries and infections can heal without antibiotics, but do require careful nursing and infection control. 
  • Keep your pet’s vaccinations up-to-date to reduce the need for antibiotics.
  • Only use antibiotics if prescribed by a vet. 
  • Keep to the dosage and treatment duration directed by your vet.
  • Refer to the Australian Veterinary Association’s fact sheet about the safe handling of animals being treated with antibiotics.
  • If you produce food animals, refer to the ‘what agriculture and industry can do’ page.
  • Talk to your vet for further information about antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

What you should know about AMR

  • Antibiotic resistance can affect pets and result in reduced animal health and welfare.
  • Contact with animals with antibiotic resistant infections can transfer resistant bacteria to people, and vice versa.
  • People and animals can die due to antibiotic resistance.
  • Treating resistant infections can be very costly, because they need to be treated with more expensive medicines.
  • Australia uses less antibiotics in animals compared to most other countries, but we can do more to prevent AMR.
Last updated: 
7 November 2017