3. Antimicrobial use in small animal practice.
Don says, How often are antimicrobials prescribed in small animal practice?
Sue says, Few studies describing antimicrobial use in small animal practice have been published. From the available evidence, antimicrobial use is common in small animal practice, although the overall quantity prescribed to small animals is often much smaller than in humans or food animal species (1). In one study population, antimicrobials accounted for 51% of prescriptions in small animals and, 52% of animals diagnosed with a new disease were prescribed an antimicrobial (2). In one veterinary teaching hospital, the rate of antimicrobial prescriptions ranged from 168 to 235 prescriptions per 1,000 admissions to the hospital (3).