People Taking Their Pet’s Meds

Don’t do it…

Clients often ask “Can I Take My Pet’s Meds?” There was an article recently published about people taking antibiotics that have not been prescribed to them for their original intended purpose. Many times antibiotics were prescribed for a prior problem and then squirreled away. Other times antibiotics were helpfully given to the person from friends or family members. Most surprising of all, some antibiotics that people have taken are actually taken from their pet!

We strongly recommend against this practice. If antibiotics are left over, then they are not being administered properly. If the wrong antibiotic is used, it may not help and may even hurt the person taking it. Both of these situations can end with the creation of a “super” bacteria that is resistant to most common antibiotics. These types of bacteria are extremely hard to get rid of.  A lot of people end up being hospitalized with a huge hospital bill.

When people take their pet’s antibiotics, the pet is not getting the correct antibiotic. Let’s use the following scenario. A pet is diagnosed with a bladder (urinary) infection. A certain type of antibiotic and number of pills are prescribed. When all of the pills are not given, the infection may not clear up and the infection will continue or the pet will worsen again once the pills are stopped. Not only does this harm the pet, for example, the infection can go to the kidneys, but it can also create a strain of bacteria (the “super” bacteria) resistant to common and cheaper medications. Also, in order to determine the problem, the Doctor will recommend further diagnostics such as abdominal x-rays, abdominal ultrasound, repeat urinalysis, and urine culture/sensitivity.

Please, when your pet is prescribed antibiotics, give all of the medication at the correct times. And, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian or us at 281.997.1426.