Today is the day that all medically important antibiotics that have been available over-
the-counter (OTC) become prescription only (Rx). This means that these drugs will now
only be available through a veterinarian. This means either directly from your vet or
called in by your vet as a prescription to a pharmacy of your choice (most on-line
livestock supply companies have pharmacies). But in all cases, a veterinarian will be
needed to obtain the following products:
Udder tubes: Albadry Plus, Go-Dry, Masti-Clear, Today & Tomorrow
Injectables: Agrimycin 200, Bio-Mycin, Combi-Pen, Di-Methox, Duramycin, Dura-Pen,
Gentamycin, Lincomycin, Liquamycin LA-200, Noromycin 300 LA, Oxytetracycline 100
& 200, Peniciliin G/Norocillin, Pro-Pen-G, SulfaMed, Tylan 50 and Tylan 200
Oral products: Albon, SpectoGard, Sustain III, Terramycin
Why is this happening? In a word: overuse. Most of the drugs, while certainly helpful at
times, have been relied upon too much. Unfortunately, due to ease of access over-the-
counter, overuse over the years which has created antimicrobial resistance. And now
the FDA is restricting these drugs to veterinarians who are supposed to be the gate-
keepers of medicines for animals. European countries have never had over-the-counter
antibiotics. Even more, human antibiotics here in the US have always been Rx.
Know this: generations of people and animals made it through infections and
challenges. How do we know this? We wouldn’t be here if they hadn’t. What did
generations use before the antibiotic era? They used plant-based botanicals and
biologics that supported and enhanced the immune system of the patient to overcome
illness. And you know what? The more our animals walk on their own without crutches
of antibiotics, the stronger they are.
Yes, antibiotics save lives – I can testify to that from my own odyssey, stemming from a
dog bite that eventually led me to need open heart surgery.
BUT… there are so many other options than antibiotics for common place problems.
That’s what I’m here for – to help you understand, realize and empower you to use
treatments that, when used early enough, have a great track record of success. Over
the course of 25 years as a veterinary practitioner, I’ve sifted the chaff from the wheat
when it comes to natural treatments. And I’ve come to a simple handful of treatments
that are my go-to for issues revolving around lungs, udder, uterus, digestion and eyes. I
have a protocol for Mysteriosis – that time when a diagnosis is not known but a non-
antibiotic, immune enhancing protocol can help get the animal right again. Using these
types of treatments will also mean less stress about antibiotic residues in milk and meat.
Best of all, you will see your animals get through challenges using natural products that
will strengthen them for better longevity and production.