The Threat of Antibiotic Resistance in Cats
Medications designed to ward off feline bacterial disease can become ineffective over time. Here's why — and what you can do to safeguard your cat.
During the past half-century, the overall health of domestic cats has benefited immensely from the development of antibiotics — drugs that kill bacteria or at least reduce their ability to replicate. Administered orally, topically or by injection, antibiotics are commonly used by veterinarians to treat a vast array of bacteria-caused feline health problems, including salmonellosis, tuberculosis and bacterial hepatitis, as well as infections resulting from bite wounds, which, notes Dr. Michael Stone, DVM, are the most commonly observed causes of bacterial infections occurring in cats.