Fading out antibiotics in animals - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Fading out antibiotics in animals

Posted: Updated:

Amarillo, TX - Farmers and ranchers in our area will now follow new regulations placed by the food and drug administrations.

The FDA wants farmers to reduce the amount of antibiotics they give to their animals, but a local expert says it wont be that significant on the industry in our area.

The agency has a plan to eliminate specific antibiotics in food production.

A veterinarian for Cactus Feeders, Carter King, in Amarillo says because they are only regulating specific antibiotics, the impact in our area will be relatively small.

"They will be allowed to keep the disease claims, its just the growth promotion claims that have to go away. And so some of those products will be able to revamp their label and eliminate those lower dose growth promotion claims and maintain the products ... but it is up to the pharmaceutical sponsor, whether or not they want to do that."

Animals can still be given antibiotics for medical reasons.

However, new regulations implemented by the FDA say antibiotics will no longer be available over the counter.

It will require a veterinarians approval.

One local vet, Dr. David E. Faulkner, says he agrees with this regulation.

"For sickness, a lot of respiratory diseases and GI diseases. They have a lot of viruses and you don't really treat the virus but, you treat the secondary bacteria, just like in people. They are very needed"

A doctor in our area, Mariada George, explained why regulating the use of antibiotics is important.

"we have used amoxicillin so much that it doesn't work against a lot of things now, or if it does work you have to use twice the dose. When before you could just give someone a regular dose of amoxicillin and it would fix just about anything ... now days it doesn't.

Pharmaceutical companies will have about three years to implement these changes.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • LPD investigating west side shooting Friday morning

    LPD investigating west side shooting Friday morning

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:40 AM EDT2014-04-18 09:40:59 GMT
    Lawton- Breaking news happening at this hour, Lawton police tell us they're investigating a shooting right now on the city's west side. Officers have been at 78th and Northwest Welco since around 2:30
    Breaking news happening at this hour, Lawton police tell us they're investigating a shooting right now on the city's west side.
  • SkyWARN 7 Forecast

    SkyWARN 7 Forecast

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:58 AM EDT2014-04-18 08:58:29 GMT
    What a nice end to the work week with sunshine, south winds and temperatures ranging through the 70s and even some low 80s out near the Texas panhandle.  For this evening expect temperatures to fall through
    Rain Chances Gradually Return this Easter Weekend.
  • UPDATE: Murder suspect transferred to Oklahoma County jail

    UPDATE: Murder suspect transferred to Oklahoma County jail

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:34 AM EDT2014-04-18 04:34:02 GMT
    LAWTON, Okla._ Quentin Goodwin was transferred to a jail in Oklahoma County from the Comanche County Detention Center Thursday.  Goodwin was arrested Wednesday in Lawton after being charged, along with
    Quentin Goodwin was transferred to a jail in Oklahoma County from the Comanche County Detention Center Thursday.
Powered by WorldNow
KSWO-TV, 1401 SE 60th Street
Lawton, OK 73501

Telephone: (580) 355-7000
Fax: (580) 357-3811
Email: news@kswo.com

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KSWO. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.