Table 8

Presence of clinical signs and antibiotic prescription in 175 dogs with wound infections presented to private practices

ParameterPrivate practice, n (%)
Number of cases
 175
Type of lesion
 Abscess40 (23)
 Bite135 (77)
Local wound treatment
 Yes113 (65)
 No14 (8)
 Unknown48 (27)
Drain placed
 Yes14 (8)
 No161 (92)
Antibiotic therapy
 Yes157 (90)
 No18 (10)
Antibiotic classes
 Potentiated aminopenicillins132 (75)
 Non-potentiated aminopenicillins54 (31)
 First-generation cephalosporins18 (10)
 Fluoroquinolones5 (3)
 Third-generation cephalosporins2 (1)
 Lincosamide1 (0.5)
 Penicillins0 (0)
Combination therapy
 Yes3 (2)
HPCIA*
 Yes7 (4)
 Duration of therapy: days (IQR)7.6 (5.9–10)
Justification score
 1105 (60)
 226 (15)
 36 (3)
 428 (16)
 Judgement not possible10 (6)
  • *HPCIA: highest priority critically important antimicrobials include third-generation or higher generation cephalosporins, quinolones, macrolides, ketolides, glycopeptides and polymyxins.