Using Amoxicillin On Your Dog
This article coveres various topics relating to the use of Amoxicillin (formerly “Amoxycillin”) in dogs, such as the safe dosage, uses of the drug, safety guidelines and more.
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Most of us have probably heard of Amoxicillin before. Being one of the most popular forms of antibiotic related to penicillin, it’s likely that we’ve all been prescribed it by our doctor at some point. However, for some of us, using it in our pets may be something unheard of until now. As an antibiotic, it is used to treat many different forms of bacterial infection such as the increasingly common strep throat, caused by the Streptococcus strain of bacteria. On the flip side, whilst useful in curing bacterial infections, it has no effect on viral or parasitic infections for which other medicines should be used.
Amoxicillin dosage for dogs
The standard dosage of Amoxicillin for dogs is 5 mg for every pound your dog weighs administered every 12 hours, or 10 mg every 24 hours. So for example, in the case of a 60 lb dog, the dosage to administer would be 300 mg of Amoxicillin. It’s safe to give this medication to your dog both with and without food.
Please be sure to consult with a trained veterinarian first before administering this drug as a test will need to be carried out to determine whether or not your dog does in fact have a bacterial infection and whether the use of Amoxicillin is indeed the best course of action to take. Note that it may take time for your pet to begin showing signs of improvement as the drug is slow dissolving.
Is amoxicillin safe for dogs?
Typically, amoxicillin is a safe medication for use in dogs and may be prescribed by a veterinatian for use in many household pets. However, if your dog has an allergy to penicillin you should avoid giving it this medicine as the drugs are closely related.
- Make sure that your dog does not have any allergies to penicillin
- Make sure that your dog has a bacterial infection
As stated earlier, because amoxicillin is an antibiotic, you should refrain from using this drug for treating any other type of ailment. Whilst this is true it may sometimes be prescribed if your dog has a large open wound as a preventative measure against bacterial infection. It is wise to take your pet to a trained veterinarian for diagnosis and advice to be sure that amoxicillin is the best course of action before proceeding to administer this drug. If your dog suffers with a penicillin allergy there are alternatives such as cephalexin.
Penicillin allergy is rare, but very serious. If you notice your dog begins to have difficulty breathing or goes into shock after taking this medicine call for professional help immediately. Other signs of allergy which require emergency attention may include rashes, swelling of the face and/or limbs and a rapid heartbeat.
Uses of amoxicillin for dogs
Amoxicillin is commonly used in dogs to treat:
- Skin infections
- Bacterial infections
Side effects of amoxicillin use
Side effects of amoxicillin may include a loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. More serious side effects that indicate an allergic reaction and require urgent medical attention includes swelling, increased heart rate, labored breathing and rashes.