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Did my wife break the law by giving our son antibiotics from

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Did my wife break the law by giving our son antibiotics from the vet clinic
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.

Hello,

Were these left over antibiotics from a previous injury or infection for the pet?

Or, did she request antibiotics for the pet that she never intended to use on the pet?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Never intended for use with a pet
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.

Just trying to paint a picture here:

So, she went to vet, said there was a worry for infection, the vet prescribed some antibiotics, took the antibiotics home, and gave to your son?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No my wife is a vet but she brings home antibiotics from the clinic and give them to my son
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She writes it has a prescription for animals
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.

Ah...now makes sense.

Well, was it illegal? Yeah, it probably was.

Was it risky? Yes

Certainly, she would have the knowledge to choose a particular antibiotic for a particular concern for your son.

However, if there was ever a dosing error, the duration of antibiotic was not used long enough to help avoid future antibiotic resistance issues, or imagine if there was a allergic reaction! She would be in a load of trouble.

So, it was not entirely smart.

I certainly have heard of stories where a vet self treats themselves. Wise, probably not.

I just received a bite wound to my leg about 3 weeks ago. I could have just grabbed clavamox off the shelf. did i?

No way!

Not worth the risk!

So illegal? Well, as a criminal would say, only illegal if you get caught.

Smart? Definitely not. Treating your own son is risky business.

Hope that's a fair answer.

Dr. Andy

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