December 2, 2022

When do cats and dogs need antibiotics?

Four new printable resources will allow AVMA members to quickly view antibiotic prescribing recommendations and communicate with customers about when antibiotics may or may not be needed.

Resources include separate client handouts suitable for cat owners and dog owners, which can be printed for distribution to clients or used as posters in your clinic. There are also back-office reference sheets for vets, also specific to cats and dogs. All documents are available exclusively to AVMA members. You can download them for free and print them for your clinic.

Materials for customers include information about common ailments and illnesses, their causes, and whether or not antibiotics are generally recommended based on these details:

The back-office guides contain this information as well as antibiotic treatment recommendations:

Promoting judicious use of antimicrobials

Veterinarians have an important role to play in preserving the effectiveness of antimicrobials for human and veterinary medicine. The AVMA has developed a suite of veterinary tools to help AVMA members and our veterinary teams do this in daily practice.

From management checklists and pathogen resistance reports to customer brochures and FAQs, the AVMA offers many other antimicrobial resources for veterinarians at