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Norwegian Livestock Antibiotic Use Low but Growing in Pets

02 October 2015

NORWAY - Norwegian antibiotic use is falling in livestock but rising in pets.

A new report shows that agriculture accounts for only one tenth of the total consumption of antibiotics in Norway.

The total amount of antibiotics used in terrestrial animals has been reduced by 38 per cent since 1995. For pets however the trend increasing, which is a source of unrest.

The NORM VET 2014 report confirms that resistance to antibiotics is a limited problem among animals in Norway due to low consumption of antibiotics.

Restrictive use of antibiotics must be maintained to preserve the favorable situation.

"It is important to continue active efforts through monitoring, restrictive use of antibiotics and measures to prevent animal diseases. We need continued monitoring and more knowledge to maintain the favorable situation in Norway," said CEO Veterinary Institute, Gudmund Holstad.

Antibiotics for farmed fish constitutes a very small proportion of the consumption of antibiotics in Norway (0.9 per cent).

It has been reduced by 99 per cent since 1987. The largest reduction occurred in the 90s, and since then, consumption remained at the same low level despite the large increase in production in farming.


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