Cephalexin For Bacterial Infections In Dogs
Please read this article carefully before using Keflex (cephalexin) for dogs. Information can be found on this page including the dosage of cephalexin, as well as side effects, safety measures and typical uses of the drug.
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Cephalexin is an antibiotic used most commonly to treat dogs with bacterial infections. The drug is an antibiotic of the cephalosporin class, completely separate from penicillin based medicines. Because of this, it is often given to pets who are allergic to penicillin.
Cephalexin dosage for dogs
The typical dosage of cephalexin for dogs as recommended by veterinarians is 10 mg for every pound your dog weighs to be administered every 8 hours. Remember, you need to give your dog the full course of antibiotics, don’t cease treatment as soon as your dog appears to be feeling better, or you risk the infection coming back.
Is it safe to use cephalexin for dogs?
Cephalexin is a safe drug to give to your dog in cases of bacterial infection. Just as is the case in humans, you should avoid using this drug or any antibiotics unless you are positive there is a bacterial infection present, or there is an extremely high risk of an infection developing. In cases of viral or parisitic infections you should opt for different medicine as antibiotics will have no effect. You should also remain alert for possible allergic reactions.
- Consult a vet to make sure the infection is bacterial
- Remain alert for signs of allergy
There are actually comparably few safety concerns regarding the use of cephalexin in relation to most other drugs. The main concern when using cephalexin is making sure the infection is bacterial. If you suspect a bacterial infection in your pet, take him or her down to your vet for a formal diagnosis.
If your dog suffers from an allergy to penicillin, you should avoid other antibiotics such as amoxicillin which may cause a bad reaction. However, allergic reactions may still present themselves in your dog using cephalexin, and as such you should be especially vigilant for signs such as shortness of breath, blood in vomit and/or stools, rashes and swelling. If these symptoms present themselves get in contact with a vet as a matter of urgency to avoid symptoms progressing. Left untreated, allergic reactions can quickly become life threatening so be quick to act.
Uses of cephalexin for dogs
Cephalexin is a drug used in dogs to treat problems such as:
- Bacterial infections
- Skin infections
Side effects of using cephalexin
Most of the time there will be no problems when using this drug. However, there’s a small chance that your dog will suffer serious side effects such as allergic reaction. For this reason you need to stay alert and monitor your dog for signs such as blood in vomit/stools, rashes, swelling and difficulty breathing. If serious side effects develop it’s crucial that you get in contact with a professional veterinarian immediately.