Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Therapeutics: antimicrobials

Synonym(s): Antibiotic therapy

Contributor(s): Sally Anne Argyle, Alison LaCarrubba, Graham Munroe, Vetstream Ltd

Decision steps for antimicrobial use

An holistic approach to disease control is necessary.

Antimicrobial use should not be seen in isolation from management, welfare, hygiene, nutrition, immunology and epidemiology.

Steps to therapeutic success

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Organism factors and culture and sensitivity

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Antimicrobial resistance

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Use of antimicrobial combinations

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Prophylactic use of antimicrobial drugs

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Theelen M J P et al (2014) Temporal trends in in vitro antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of bacteria isolated from foals with sepsis: 1979-2010.  Equine Vet J 46 (2), 161-168 PubMed
  • Corley K T T & Hollis A R (2009) Antimicrobial therapy in neonatal foals. Equine Vet Educ 21 (8), 436-448 VetMedResource.
  • Weese J S (2009) Antimicrobial therapy for difficult to identify and atypical pathogens. Equine Vet Educ 21 (7), 388-392 VetMedResource.
  • Weese J S (2009) Antimicrobial therapy for multidrug resistant pathogens. Equine Vet Educ 21 (6), 328-334.
  • Traub-Dargatz J L & Dargatz D A (2009) Antibacterial drug resistance and equine practice. Equine Vet Educ 21 (1), 49-56 VetMedResource.
  • Haggett E F & Wilson W D (2008) Overview of the use of antimicrobials for the treatment of bacterial infections in horses. Equine Vet Educ 20 (8), 433-448 VetMedResource.
  • Fletcher N, Buckley T & Moore J E (2004) Antibiotic susceptibility patterns from Irish equines. J Equine Vet Sci 24 (4), 136-137 VetMedResource.

Other sources of information

  • Dowling P M (2004) Antimicrobial Therapy. In: Equine Clinical Pharmacology. Eds: Bertone J J & Horspool L J I. Saunders, USA. pp 13-47. ISBN: 0 7020 2484 8.
  • Adams H R (2001) EdVeterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Iowa State University Press, USA.
  • Baggot J D (2001) Ed. The Physiological Basis of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology. Oxford Blackwell Science.
  • Bishop Y (2001) Ed. The Veterinary Formulary. 5th edn. London Pharmaceutical Press in association with the British Veterinary Association.
  • Baggot J D & Prescott (1993) Eds. Antimicrobial Therapy in Veterinary Medicine. Iowa State University Press, USA.


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