Getting the Most From Antibiotics

Antibiotics have helped tame many feared infectious conditions and diseases. Here’s how judicious use, supplemented by common-sense management measures, can help ensure their continued effectiveness.


The bacteria in a horse’s environment can number in the billions per square inch. Fortunately, most are harmless, living in the soil and water and minding their own business. Others are do-gooders, living on a horses’ skin, in the respiratory system, and in the gastrointestinal tract, where they help safeguard and complement the immune system. In the gastrointestinal tract they aid in digestion as well.  Of course, not all bacteria are harmless. A small number of species, cal...