Animal Health Research Reviews

Review Article

Antimicrobial resistance in companion animals

J. Scott Weesea1 c1

a1 Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1, Canada

Abstract

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an emerging problem in companion animals, because of difficult-to-treat infections, possible pressure to use antimicrobials that are important in human medicine, and potential zoonotic transmission. The extent and importance of AMR in companion animals are poorly understood, in part because of limited surveillance; however, it is clear that resistance is problematic in many pathogens and commensals, including staphylococci, enterococci, Escherichia coli and Salmonella.

(Received September 04 2008)

(Accepted September 17 2008)

(Online publication November 05 2008)

Correspondence:

c1 E-mail: jsweese@uoguelph.ca

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