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Georgia Journal of Science

Article Title

THE EFFECT OF A CAT'S AGE ON THE AMOUNT OF ORAL PENICILLIN RESISTANT AND TOTAL MICROBES

Abstract

The use of antimicrobials is the primary treatment to stop an infection from an animal bite. This research determined if the number of oral penicillin resistant and total microbes changes over a feline's lifetime. Two feline's mouths were swabbed and swabs were placed into 5 ml of phosphate buffered saline starting at 5 months old, and then again every three months until they reached 12 months. Samples were grown on BHI plates with or without 100 mg/ml penicillin. Colonies were counted after 24 hrs incubation at 37°C. Five month old felines (mean = 0.333) had the least and 12 month old felines (mean = 2.333) had the most penicillin resistant colonies, although there was no significant difference. There was a significant difference between the 6 month (554.2) and 9 month (129.8) number of non-penicillin grown colonies (p <0.01). The number of both penicillin resistant and total colonies increases with a cat's age but no significance was found.

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