For animal owners
What you can do
- Not all sick pets need antibiotics – only give them under veterinary supervision
- Help reduce your pet’s need for antibiotics through routine vaccination, a clean environment and good nutrition
- 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.
7 November 2017