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Treating pets like humans ‘could be life-threatening’

Scientists have discovered that treating pets like humans could be life-threatening because some forms of affectionate behaviour pose an antibiotic-resistance risk to families and their domestic animals.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) health psychologist Dr Adele Dickson was the lead researcher in the research, which identified overprescribing of antibiotics as the key cause of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and that close contact with pets can spread drug-resistant bugs from pet to human, or vice versa.

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