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    Antimicrobial Resistance: Information For Animal Caregivers Infographic

    Learn more about antimicrobial resistance in this handy infographic! For a more in-depth look at antimicrobial resistance, be sure to check out the full resource here!

    Antimicrobial resistance by Tara Hess
    Click Here For A Text Description Of The Infographic!
    Title: Antimicrobial Resistance: Information For Animal Caregivers

    Top Section/Section 1
    Image on left: Pill bottles, blister pack, and capsules

    Text on left under image: Antimicrobials are products that kill or slow the growth of microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoans and includes antibiotics.

    Image on right: 3 red germs behind a fourth germ that is brighter red and has an evil face

    Text on right under image: Resistance occurs when microorganisms change over time and develop the ability to withstand antimicrobial treatment.

    Section 2 (under section 1)
    Text: “Microbes adapt to their environments and change in ways that ensure their survival. If something stops their ability to grow, such as an antimicrobial, genetic changes can occur that enable the microbe to survive.” – The National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases

    Section 3 (under section 2)
    Text: Resistance develops naturally over time, but the misuse and overuse of antimicrobials is one of the major drivers of accelerating rates of resistance. To reduce the need for antimicrobial use…

    Column on left – heading: Focus On Prevention

    Subheading on left: Implement practices that prevent infection.

    Bullet points on left: 
    Biosecurity measures
    Quarantine + isolation
    – Vaccination programs
    – Fly mitigation
    – And more!

    Image on left: cartoon drug vial holding a shield and syringe

    Column on right – heading: Promote Health

    Subheading on right: Healthy residents are often better able to ward off illness.

    Bullet points on right: 
    – Healthy, nutritious diets
    – Clean, palatable water
    – Proper ventilation
    – Healthy group dynamics
    – And more!

    Bottom Section/Section 4
    Text: Even with the best preventative measures, there will be times when antimicrobials are necessary. To ensure antimicrobials are used correctly and appropriately…

    Bullet points: 
    – Consult with a veterinarian about all antimicrobial use
    – Request diagnostics, when possible
    – Follow instructions regarding dose, frequency, duration, etc.
    – Use actual and current weights for calculating drug dosages
    – Check in with your vet about the individual’s progress on treatment

    Images: A written prescription (top right corner of section); a veterinarian in white coat and mask writes on a clipboard (bottom right corner of section); three pill bottles, with “rx” written on the front bottle (bottom left corner of section)

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