Table 3

Modified justification score used to judge the accordance of antimicrobial prescriptions in dogs33

Justification scoreCriteria
JS-1Empirical treatment in accordance with national and international recommendations, that is, correct indication, antimicrobial class, dosage and treatment duration
OR correct treatment according to culture and sensitivity profile
OR no antibiotic needed and none prescribed.
JS-2Wrong dosage and/or duration of treatment.
JS-3Wrong antimicrobial class.
JS-4Decision to treat NOT in accordance with guidelines, that is, antibiotic prescription when not indicated or no antibiotic prescription although indicated.