2018 Veterinary Emerging Topics (VET)® Report

In this year’s report, we’re shining a spotlight on antimicrobial resistance in feline patients.

A Feline Focus on Antimicrobial Usage

The threat of antimicrobial resistance among bacteria is a global reality that affects humans and animals alike, and veterinarians play a key role in mitigating the development of drug-resistant bacterial strains. Despite this, opportunities to improve the judicious use of antimicrobial drugs exist throughout our profession. There is a great deal that can be done to increase awareness and adherence to published treatment guidelines for companion animals.

In the 2017 VET Report, we looked at these guidelines in relation to antimicrobial treatment of canine patients. In 2018, we look at felines—who present their own unique treatment challenges.

The Data

Find out what we learned about antimicrobial usage in feline patients and get a closer look at the methods we used to conduct our research.

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Based on our findings, we’re highlighting potential contributing factors to a rise of antimicrobial resistance in cats.

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By addressing common challenges, we can improve compliance with guidelines and minimize the spread of antimicrobial resistance.

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Read the full report on how we can promote the health of pets by using antimicrobials responsibly.


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