Using antibiotics responsibly
Antibiotics are essential in preserving the well-being and health of pets and farm animals. Given their importance, antibiotics should always be used responsibly in order to protect their effectiveness for future generations. This does not simply mean using less. It means using the right antibiotic upon diagnosis of a bacterial infection, in the necessary dose, for the appropriate duration, and always with veterinary oversight.
At Bayer, we actively engage with veterinarians, pet owners, livestock professionals and relevant organizations around the world to encourage the prudent use of antibiotics. Our commitment to responsible antibiotic use in animals is woven into the responsible use principles that guide our business practices.
Antibiotics and farm animals
Farm animals make a major contribution to people and communities around the world. But sometimes – despite good husbandry, hygiene, biosecurity and vaccination – infectious bacterial diseases in farm animals cannot be avoided.
Today, livestock professionals around the world strive to reduce or even omit the use of antibiotics in production more than ever before. But they also have an ethical responsibility to ensure animals in their care receive the best possible treatment if they are ill. And while effective alternative tools are limited, the availability of effective antibiotics remains essential.