Antibiotics are essential when treating many conditions in animals and people, but bacteria are becoming resistant to many antibiotics that we use in human and veterinary medicine.
Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria develop defences that protect them from antibiotic medications, making treatment less effective.
Using antibiotics when not needed increases the risk of antibiotic resistance and can lead to side effects or delay an accurate diagnosis.
It is also really important to know that inappropriate disposal of unused antibiotics could contribute to antimicrobial resistance. It can also pollute the environment by entering water systems or being consumed by wildlife.
Antibiotic resistance is a global health issue, and we need your help to keep antibiotics working. That is why we are asking pet owners to return any unused or leftover antibiotic medications to us for safe disposal.
Please drop off any unused medications. You can hand them in to a vet, nurse or the reception team. This medication might be left-over from a recent prescription, antibiotics that you didn’t need or out-of-date medication.
Let’s keep antibiotics working, together!