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

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