November 18-24 is US Antibiotic Awareness Week

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Did you know that antibiotic resistance affects pets too?

Antibiotic resistance affects people and pets

A girl with her kitten

Antibiotics save lives, but anytime they are used, they can contribute to antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance can affect the health of both people and animals. Everyone can help improve antibiotic prescribing and use. Appropriate antibiotic use in people and pets helps protect the whole family––including furry, feathered, and scaly family members––from antibiotic-resistant infections.

Use antibiotics responsibly in pets

Vet with a dog

You can help prevent antibiotic resistance by asking your veterinarian about preventing common infections in pets with good hygiene, nutrition, vaccinations, and proper pet care. Use antibiotics only when needed and follow your veterinarian’s instructions.

Participate in US Antibiotic Awareness Week

  • Educate yourself about antibiotic resistance.
  • Join the Global Twitter Storm Wednesday, November 18, 9-10am ET using #AntibioticResistance and #WAAW.
  • Share CDC resources on pets and antibiotic resistance.