Pet Resist, a new website for the veterinary profession that maps levels of antibiotic resistance in pets
IDEXX has launched Pet Resist, a new website for the veterinary profession that maps levels of antibiotic resistance recorded in cats and dogs by the company over the past five years. The company says that users of the new site (www.petresist.com) will be able to see geographical variations in resistance to the top 10 antibiotics used in cats and dogs.
Simon Wootton, UK CAG Marketing Manager from IDEXX says that by knowing which organisms have shown resistance to antibiotics, and where this resistance has been recorded, vets will be better able to choose the most appropriate agent for therapy.
“The ability to select the most appropriate antibiotic prior to testing may increase the effectiveness of treatments and reduce the number of return visits,” says Simon. “We believe that this new service will also help prolong the effective life of existing antibiotics at a time when there is considerable pressure on the profession to reduce their use,” he adds.
Visitors to the IDEXX Pet Resist site can select their postcode area, the antibiotic and the suspected organism. Users will then be able to see the level of resistance based on historical data from the past five years, and use this to help choose appropriate therapies.
“We have used results of MIC tests on over 200,000 samples submitted to IDEXX to develop the database upon which the resistance levels are based. The data will be continually updated as we receive more samples at our Wetherby laboratory, further increasing the accuracy and value of the service to vets and their clients,” Simon concludes.
Visit www.petresist.com for more information.