OKLAHOMA CITY — A veterinary hygerineist in Oklahoma City says she would never allow a dog to be treated with antibiotics.
In a statement Tuesday, Dr. Joanne D. Babb said she had no reason to reject a dog’s treatment for an infectious disease.
She said the dog, who was a labradoodle mix, needed antibiotics because the vet said the dogs immune system wasn’t working properly.
Babb said the vet told her that the dog had a severe case of canine distemper.
Dogs have been known to have severe distempers.
Diseases can be transmitted through saliva, urine or other fluids, and many people contract the disease through contact with an infected animal.
A number of states and counties have banned the use of the medications, but many vets in Oklahoma have refused to allow it.
The Oklahoma Medical Society is a nonprofit group that helps support the health of Oklahoma’s veterinarians.
It’s not uncommon for vets to refuse to treat a patient’s pet because of concerns over the dog’s immune system, said Kristina M. Jones, an associate veterinarian in the medical society’s medical division.
But Babb’s statement is the first time the veterinarian has publicly said she would not treat a dog with antibiotics, according to the Associated Press.
In her statement, Babb described the dog as “truly a beautiful and loyal member of the family.”
Dogs can also be vaccinated with a vaccine called Prevnar.