Chief complaint: cough and cold symptoms
…Patient: So do you think I need antibiotics?
Me: No. You have a virus. Antibiotics don’t help because they don’t kill viruses. The only thing that will cure a cold is time, but we can treat some of your symptoms.
Patient: Well, yesterday I thought maybe I needed some antibiotics. My cat was taking some amoxicillin so I took one. That’s ok, right?
Me: Actually, no. Aside from the fact that you don’t need antibiotics, it’s not a good idea to take veterinary medicines. Even if it’s the same medicine the quality might not be the same.
Patient: Oh. Haha! Oh well.