The use of antibiotics and antibacterial agents
provides an effective method for the control and
treatment of infectious or contagious diseases
caused by bacteria and certain other
microorganisms. Their application in veterinary
practice has assisted in ensuring the health of
Poultry, Livestock and Companion animals.
Antimicrobial use has also contributed to
improved food safety standards, by reducing the
likelihood of meat, egg and milk products
presenting disease problems for the consumer or
those concerned with their production.
Anthelmintics are used prophylactically and also
to treat acute and chronic infections. Control
measures reduce worm burdens, enhance
productivity, and substantially reduce the
build-up of infective worm larvae on the pasture
or eggs in the environment.
Poultry are treated for gastro-intestinal
roundworm, gapeworm, and tapeworm infections.
Helminth infection is less of a problem in
poultry reared indoors because of their lack of
contact with intermediary host. Breeding birds
are treated before laying. Rearing birds are
dosed 3 weeks after placing on infected ground,
maintenance doses being given 6 to 8 weeks.