Acute diarrhoea: Stepping away from the antibiotics

Internal Medicine | 74 mins

Episodes of acute diarrhoea in dogs and cats are frequently encountered in small animal practice. Many episodes will improve with symptomatic care, but antibiotics are often included in the initial treatment strategy treatment strategy. We will explore common causes of acute diarrhoea and discuss the role of faecal analysis. Question is, does it ever really change what we do?! We will explore when and why antibiotics are prescribed in the management of acute diarrhoea, whether they are always indicated in these situations and the potential adverse effects that antibiotic use may cause. From probiotics to faecal microbiota transplant… we will consider what we know and what really works.

Meet the speakers

Scott Kilpatrick

Director, Internal Medicine Specialist

Scott graduated from Edinburgh Vet School in 2007. Initially, he worked for the PDSA, before taking a Senior Veterinary Surgeon position with Vets Now in Edinburgh in 2010. Scott started his residency in internal medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 2012 after completing a year as a Teaching Fellow in Anatomy and Physiology. He completed his residency in 2016 after finishing his Masters in the pathogenesis of canine liver disease and has since been working in referral practice. Interventional radiology is something that really interests Scott, and he spent some time in 2018, working in this area at UC Davis in California. Scott has created and delivered a Post-graduate Certificate in Small Animal Emergency Medicine in association with the University of Chester. In 2023 he was awarded Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (FRCVS) for his meritorious contribution to clinical practice.

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