A brief summary of all that was and is to come (if we do nothing about it)
Just as the title implies, who knew that the triple-h antibiotics we used on paper cuts growing up were going to come back and bite us in the immune system? The good news is, we have a choice now to look for natural alternatives which allows us to narrowly avoid facing a superbug infection, and the bad news is our pets generally don’t. Unfortunately for our furry friends, the only over-the-counter remedies out there consist of a dangerous cocktail of either antibiotics steroids or even chemicals similar to bleach (and really, when has bleach ever helped anyone but our toilets?). From the way that this epidemic is looking, natural alternatives, or just an alternative treatment in general, may be the only super-shoe big enough to stomp on these superbugs. Still not convinced? Here’s some facts that will deliver some cold, hard, truth.
- Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus infection in animals has a reported prevalence of up to 40 percent in North America, 20 percent in Europe, 48 percent in China and 12 percent in Australia.
- 25% of human staph infections are methillicin-resistant and continues to affect more than 80,000 people per year
- It is common practice for veterinarians to prescribe antibiotics without testing the affected area to confirm a bacterial infection, perpetuating antibiotic resistance.
With the danger of antibiotic resistance rising, the need for alternatives has never been more important. Silvet is a natural remedy with antibiotic and antibacterial properties that is prescribed in the human arena and now available for your pets to avoid the unnecessary prescription and usage of antibiotics. Silvet has been widely treated on pets while results are pending.
Always consult your veterinarian before trying alternative treatments for your pets. On the other hand, it is also important to be aware of the continuous use of antibiotics. Don’t be afraid to ask questions from your veterinarian to make sure you know exactly what is happening with your pet; make sure that a bacterial infection is confirmed! The less often we run to antibiotics for every answer, the better chance we have at winning the war against antibiotic resistance!