The idea of using vet antibiotics for survival situations, antibiotics not intended for human use in a time when it might not be possible to get prescription antibiotics, is something that gets a lot of discussion on various preparedness forums and groups. Those who believe in being prepared…”just in case”…quickly realize that a situation of total collapse or nation-wide or even world-wide disaster will quickly mean the end to easy-access prescription meds.
Afterall, you can’t plant a field of penicillin or amoxicillin, nor will you find a Ciprofloxacin mine where you can just dig out as much of this life-saving antibiotic as you need. Therefore, you only have the choice of stocking up on man-made antibiotics, and without the cooperation of a doctor to write prescriptions, you’re going to find it almost impossible to get what you need.
While herbs and essential oils have a lot of healing properties, nothing can kick some types of infections in the butt like a good dose of penicillin.
What’s a person to do?
Doc Bones, more formally known as Joseph Alton, MD, is not only a long-time prepper, but as the “MD” indicates a medical doctor and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He often recommends vet antibiotics for post-SHTF situations, pointing out that if you plan to use vet antibiotics you would be advised to get a copy of the latest PDR, Physician’s Desk Reference.
The PDR comes out every year and contains just about everything you need to know about prescription and non-prescription medications, including dosages, indications, risks and side effects.
Of course, veterinary antibiotics are not usually going to have the same name as their human counterpart, but here are the five basic types of antibiotics along with their vet antibiotic name and a few specifics:
If you raise livestock of any type, you are probably already aware that you can get a number of veterinarian medications at your local feed store, or even Tractor Supply Center. However, you can also go online to purchase the vet antibiotics that you need. One supplier we are aware of is Cal-Vet Supply.
Remember: we are NOT recommending that you use animal, bird or fish antibiotics for anything other than in a survival situation where normal medical care is not available.