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Can my pet become antibiotic resistant?

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antibiotic resistant pets albuquerqueantibiotic resistant pets albuquerqueThe short answer is yes your pet can become antibiotic resistant.

Most people don’t really know what antibiotic resistance is.  Simply put, it is when an infection persists despite the use of an antibiotic and therefore renders it useless. This results in a new treatment needing to be found.


What Causes Resistance?

It is not uncommon for people and animals to be treated with antibiotics no matter the nature of their illness. The problem with this method is that antibiotics do not fix everything. Antibiotics will not work on a virus. Antibiotics only target bacterial infections. The flu, a cold, most respiratory infections are caused by a virus, not bacteria.  The continual exposure to antibiotics also makes bacteria tolerant to the antibiotics. This is what renders the antibiotics ineffective due to overuse. The most well-known bacteria to become antibiotic-resistant is a bacteria that mutated to become resistant. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is the best known of these.

How do you get over exposed?

Treating a viral infection with antibiotics is the number one way. The number two way is not completing your full course of prescribed antibiotics. It is common for people to stop giving antibiotics once their pets appear healthy. But appearing healthy does not mean the infection is completely gone. If you stop giving the antibiotics mid-course, you could allow the infection to come back and thus require more antibiotics. This causes the bacteria to become resistant to the treatment course.

Did you know?

Did you know that your own pet’s health can influence how he responds to antibiotics? Some medications rely on your pet’s healthy immune system to be effective.

How to avoid becoming antibiotic resistant

Always follow the advice of your veterinarian and always give the full course of antibiotics.  Do not give your pet human antibiotics. I know it can be tempting to take your left over amoxicillin and give it to your pet if they are sick. However, the dosages are different. Plus, not all antibiotics are created equal and that might not be the right one to give them. Using the wrong antibiotic can also create resistance.


Why is antibiotic resistance such a big deal?

The more resistance bacteria becomes, the more difficult it is to treat. For every bacteria that mutates and becomes resistant, the number of treatment options are reduced. This is why MRSA is so difficult to treat. Infections are treated with the antibiotic that is most affective against it. If it becomes resistant to that bacteria you are now having to use alternate courses that may not be as effective or may have more difficult side effects. To ensure the ongoing health of your pet, you want to do what you can to prevent antibiotic resistance.

What is the difference between Stray and Feral?

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Albuquerque feral catWe treat a lot of cats at Vetco. We also help many different non-profit organizations to vaccinate and alter animals. Vetco is proud has treated hundreds of thousands of feral cats over the past 30 years. We have dedicated a lot of time to help ensure that the Albuqeurque pet population is healthy, whether they are in loving homes or living wild.

Most people do not know the difference between a stray and a feral cat. But the difference is big and it is important. Knowing the difference can guide you on how you interact with a found cat, which can keep both you and them safe.


This means cats who are friendly towards people. Kittens become socialized by being held, spoken to, and played with. If a kitten grows up not being socialized they will be apprehensive or suspicious of people and may not be suited to living in a home.

What is a feral cat?

A feral cat is a cat that has not been socialized. They have never lived in a human home. They are bonded to other cats and not to people. Feral cats are not likely to ever become indoor cats or pets.

What is a stray?

A stray cat is one that has been socialized at some point in their life.  They have since lost their home. It is possible for a stray to become feral if enough time goes by without human contact. Stray cats can often reacclimate to a human home.




Stranger danger! Keep this in mind for you and for the cat. A feral cat see’s you as a threat. If you try to pet or catch her, she may bite or scratch you. A feral cat will attack as though their life depends on it, and this can cause you some serious harm. It is best to not try to pet or pick up a cat you do not know.

Catch and Release

There are programs that do what is called “catch and release”. If a feral cat is picked up by animal humane, because they cannot be adopted, they are more likely to be euthanised. This is why it is better for them to live in the wild. Catch and release is a program where people catch a feral cat, get them spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and then release the back to the wild. This way they cannot make more feral kittens, but can live a healthy life. If you see a cat with a tipped ear, this means they have been spayed or neutered and released.


It is not a good idea for you to try to do catch and release on your own. Alert your local catch and release program if you have a feral cat problem. Doing it on your own can be dangerous for you and for the cat.


Easy Crockpot Beef & Rice Meal

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Our patients ask us all the time about what kind of food they should feed their pets. One of the topics that comes up is should they make the food themselves. That can be a great idea but finding recipes is not always easy. We are going to start sharing dog food recipes you can make at home. Always remember to consult your Albuquerque vet about food restrictions. You don’t want to make your dog sick accidentally. If you have fed your dog any food that is causing them to vomit, have diarrhea, become lethargic, or any other strange symptoms, contact your vet immediately.

dog food Albuquerque vetThis dog food recipe takes about 10 minutes to make and can be frozen to save for later.


  • 2 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 ½ cups brown rice
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½ cups chopped butternut squash
  • 1 ½ cups chopped carrots
  • ½ cup frozen peas

Total: Makes about 11 cups


  1. Add all ingredients into a crockpot
  2. Stir in 4 cups of water.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat for 5 to 6 hours (high heat for half the time)
  4. Stir in all ingredients with 4 cups of water in a crockpot.
  5. Serve when cooled.

Whatever you don’t serve to your dog, divide into single servings and freeze to use for later.

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.