Published Date : Aug 18, 2016
The recent development of multi-resistant bacteria has necessitated the utilization of alternative therapeutic techniques in veterinary medicine. This is because these bacterial strains are nearly resistant to all oral antibiotics. To address this, the use of antimicrobial products that can be used topically has been accepted as the simplest and effective means for combating multi-resistant bacterial infections on the skins’ surface.
Moreover, the utilization of local antimicrobial products limits the spread of bacteria, thereby reducing the need for broad-spectrum systemic antibiotics. The antiseptic treatment in frequently used in veterinary dermatology due to several clinical advantages in comparison to systemic antibiotic therapy.
Use of Antiseptics Dependent on Degree of Infection in Animals
Presently, the importance to keep a check on animal health is essentially to feed the global population. In this regard, governments worldwide need to augment their support for animal health in consideration of the health of the population. This mainly holds for developing countries such as India, wherein lack of skilled veterinarians and insufficient infrastructure is holding back animal health initiatives.
In veterinary medicine, antiseptics are used as per the degree of infection and their use also depends on the body part that is infected. For instance, chlorhexidine is predominantly used for oral care as it causes low irritability to surrounding tissues. The use of chlorhexidine mainly lies as a bactericidal, virucidal, and fungicidal. It is mainly used in sheep, horses, poultry animals, cows, dogs, horses, and cats for the treatment of insect stings, abrasions, and superficial cuts.
Concerns of Human Health Augment Growth of Veterinary Antiseptics Market in Emerging Economies
In the emerging economies of Asia Pacific and Latin America, the growing demand for animal-based food products is accelerating veterinary care to prevent the transfer of diseases from animals to humans. In addition, the rising trend of pet ownership in these regions is also expected to result in surging demand for companion animal antiseptics.
In veterinary medicine, iodine and iodophors are leading product segments as they are preferred among veterinarians. These products are gaining popularity as they are milder, and thus suitable for both large and small animals. On the other hand, the use of alcohol-based antiseptics are sparingly used as they cause a high degree of irritation on surrounding tissues. Alcohol-based antiseptics also have a low contact time with the skin’s surface, which lowers their effect on the infected body part.