Responsible Use of Antibiotics for Animal Well-being

Animals, like people, sometimes fall ill. Infectious diseases in animals, as a matter of nature, cannot be completely avoided despite all possible measures of care such as good housing, hygiene, nutrition and vaccination.

At Bayer, we believe that when an animal is diagnosed with a bacterial infection, it deserves to be treated. This means that effective antibiotics are essential for the treatment of pets as well as farm animals that are ill with bacterial infections, in the interest of their well-being and health.

Bayer is a strong advocate for the responsible use of antibiotics in veterinary medicine and has actively promoted good stewardship practices for over 90 years. Responsible use of antibiotics is synonymous with “prudent” and “judicious” use. It does not simply mean reducing antibiotic use.

It means justified use (based on a properly established diagnosis) of the most appropriate registered antibiotic. At the same time, taking reasonable steps to ensure the method of use (including dose regime) and precautions applied help limit the potential for resistance to develop.

Our Research

Scientists at Bayer have been engaged in the research and development of alternatives to antibiotics for many years. In exploring innate immunity and its potential to benefit animals, Bayer has developed a novel immunostimulant that has been authorized to aid in the treatment of bovine respiratory disease, one of the most devastating diseases impacting the cattle industry. Bayer’s novel immunostimulant offers veterinarians and producers a non-antibiotic option to help mitigate this complex infectious disease. Bayer continues to explore the potential of this technology across species and indications.