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Reply To: Antibiotic course length


Thank you for this.

I think this is a really good question. I think cases of diarrhoea are difficult ones. We know more and more that shorter courses of antibiotics are much more appropriate for infections like urinary tract infections. I think if you are faced with cases of uncomplicated HGE then you will be fine to stop antibiotics even if they have already been started. This is obviously cases dependant. As we mentioned in the webinar, if the animal is systemically unwell or pyrexic etc. then antibiotics may need to be continued.

It is unlikely for you to do massive harm or come up against significant resistant problems by stopping the course.

Hope that helps.