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antimicrobial prescribers and end-users must practice antimicrobial stewardship and use antimicrobials carefully to minimize the risk of AMR. Although the volume of antimicrobials used in companion animals is small, 4 judicious antimicrobial use (AMU) in dogs

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Antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance are important topics in human and veterinary medicine. Scrutiny of antimicrobial use in both of these fields has heightened as the incidence and public awareness of antimicrobial resistance have

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that survey 3 were “concern for the role of veterinary antimicrobial use in development of AMR in humans, a sense of pride in the service provided, and preparedness to change prescribing practices.” In a survey 4 of companion animal practitioners in

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Antimicrobial use practices in food-producing animals and the potential for deleterious effects such as widespread antimicrobial resistance have been the subject of increased attention in recent years. However, objective data, including

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understand or are concerned about the contribution of antimicrobial use (AMU) in pets to AMR, or the risks that AMR in pets pose to human health. 13 , 17 , 23 – 25 Owners with sick animals often expect antimicrobials and may push for them, especially in

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Antimicrobial use and antimicrobial-resistant infections are increasingly important public health concerns. Scientific evidence linking antimicrobial-resistant bacteria to morbidity and death is accumulating, and the CDC has suggested that

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antimicrobials, regardless of whether for prevention, control, or treatment, fail to meet stewardship guidelines. Also, important approaches to disease prevention, control, and treatment that do not involve antimicrobial use should be taken into consideration

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programs in both human and veterinary medicine. These programs aim to ensure responsible antimicrobial use and reduce the selection and dissemination of resistant bacteria. 3 While most initiatives have traditionally focused on food-producing animals to

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of antimicrobial drug use data while preserving veterinarian-client confidentiality. The FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine recognizes that tracking antimicrobial use (AMU) in animals is a key component to advancing antimicrobial stewardship efforts

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include making a commitment in one’s veterinary practice by assigning a staff member to track stewardship activities, selecting antimicrobials in a judicious and evidence-based manner, or attending continuing education about antimicrobial use (AMU

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