Giving Your Cat Amoxicillin

The following article details the use of the drug amoxicillin in household cats, includes dosage, side effect and safety information.

Amoxicillin is one of the most commonly used drugs in the world prescribed to treat bacterial infections. It’s every bit as effective in animals as it is in humans, but finding the correct information about its use in household pets can be tricky. Remember to give your pet the full course of medication as stopping at the first signs of improvement may lead to the infection becoming worse again. The vet will be able to recommend the length of time you should administer the drug for, depending on the circumstances and severity of the infection.

Amoxicillin dosage for cats

Typically, you will need to give your cat 5 mg per pound once a day, most commonly ending at a maximum dosage of 50 mg for all sizes of cat, depending on circumstances. As an example, a 5 pound cat would need 25 mg of the medicine a day. The length of time your cat will need to take the drug for is highly variable and so you will need the advice of a trained vet prior to use.

Do not give this drug to your cat unless you are sure there is a bacterial infection, and have no reason to believe your pet has an allergy to penicillin.

Is amoxicillin safe for cats?

When used correctly under veterinary guidance, amoxicillin is a safe drug for use in cats. You will need to test your cat to be sure of a bacterial infection and be wary of the possibility of a penicillin allergy.

Safety precautions:

  • Be sure that your cat is not allergic to penicillin
  • Only use in cases where your cat is suffering with a bacterial infection
  • Complete the full course of medication

As an antibiotic, amoxicillin is only useful in cases where a bacterial infection is present, therefore you will need a veterinary diagnosis prior to use. Usually regular amoxicillin in tablet form will not be very suitable for your pet, you will likely need to use Amoxi-Tabs, made specifically for animals, or use the liquid form of the drug in order to get an accurate dosage.

If this is the first time your cat has taken antibiotics practice extreme care, especially on the first day, just in case an allergy to the drug is present. If your cat appears to begin struggling to breathe or goes into shock. Also look out for other signs of an allergic reaction such as swelling, rashes, and rapid heartbeat. If you notice signs of allergy seek emergency veterinary care.

Uses of amoxicillin for cats

Amoxicillin is often prescribed to cats to treat:

  • Bacterial infections
  • Skin infections
  • Wounds

Side effects

Side effects of amoxicillin use includes loss of appetite and gastric disturbances such as vomiting and diarrhea. Other side effects which indicate an allergy and require emergency medical attention includes swelling, rashes, rapid heartbeat and difficulty breathing.

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