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Veterinary Medicine International
Volume 2011, Article ID 263768, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.4061/2011/263768
Research Article

Antimicrobial Use Guidelines for Treatment of Urinary Tract Disease in Dogs and Cats: Antimicrobial Guidelines Working Group of the International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases

1Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada N1G 2W1
2Clinical Microbiology, Royal University Hospital and University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada S7N 0W8
3College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849, USA
4College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27606, USA
5Department of Veterinary Disease Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, 1870 Frederiksberg C Copenhagen, Denmark
6College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
7Department of Clinical Sciences, Royal Veterinary College, North Mymms, Hertfordshire AL9 7TA, UK
8School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
9Division of Laboratory Medicine, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, North Adelaide, SA 5006, Australia
10University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5000, USA
11Department of Medicine and Epidemiology, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA 95616, USA

Received 16 February 2011; Accepted 31 March 2011

Academic Editor: Remo G. Lobetti

Copyright © 2011 J. Scott Weese et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Urinary tract disease is a common reason for use (and likely misuse, improper use, and overuse) of antimicrobials in dogs and cats. There is a lack of comprehensive treatment guidelines such as those that are available for human medicine. Accordingly, guidelines for diagnosis and management of urinary tract infections were created by a Working Group of the International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases. While objective data are currently limited, these guidelines provide information to assist in the diagnosis and management of upper and lower urinary tract infections in dogs and cats.