Clavamox for dogs antibiotic treatment

(redirects here from augmentin)

Read on to learn about the antibiotic Clavamox for dogs, including accurate dosage information, details on the side effects, uses of the drug and more.

Clavamox (also marketed as “Augmentin”) is a combination medicine, containing both the antibiotic amoxicillin and clavulanic acid. Amoxicillin is a penicillin-based drug which is able to kill both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria whilst clavulanic acid increases the efficacy and broadens the spectrum of action against amoxicillin-resistant bacteria. As an antibiotic, Clavamox has no effect on viruses, so oftentimes a formal diagnosis will be required before your vet prescribes this medicine.

Clavamox dosage for dogs

Clavamox is available in the form of both pills and oral drops. The typical recommended dosage is 6.25 mg/lb body weight to be administered twice a day (12 hour intervals), though this may be adjusted based on various things including the severity of your dog’s infection and his/her reaction to the drug. You should always administer the full course of this medicine as outlined by your vet, which is usually around 7 to 10 days of sustained use. As a prescription drug you will need veterinary approval before giving Clavamox to your pet.

Is Clavamox safe for dogs?

Clavamox is often safe for dogs, though antibiotic allergies are usually quite severe. If your dog has a known penicillin allergy you may wish to try cephalexin instead which is a cephalosporin-based antibiotic.

Safety precautions

  • Never use Clavamox without veterinary approval and prescription
  • Notify the vet of all other medicine your dog is taking as several substances react with Clavamox
  • Avoid use in dogs with a known penicillin allergy
  • Ensure that your dog’s symptoms are being caused by bacterial infection
  • Notify the vet of any pre-existing illnesses your dog suffers with

Monitor your dog closely during the time following administering the medicine and look for signs of allergy such as rashes, swelling, difficulty breathing, rapid heartbeat and hives. If your dog appears to be having a bad reaction to the drug seek emergency medical attention right away. Clavamox for dogs may have an effect on your dog’s liver function so dogs with liver disease may not be suitable for treatment with this medicine.

Uses of Clavamox for dogs

As an antibiotic, Clavamox is effective at preventing or treating:

  • Bacterial infection

Antibiotics are not effective at treating viruses, do not give Clavamox to your dog if he or she is suffering with a viral infection.

Side effects of Clavamox when given to dogs

Look out for signs of allergy such as difficulty breathing, rashes, swelling and hives. Seek immediate veterinary attention if your dog appears to be suffering an allergic reaction.

Other side effects may include a loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and temporary effects on liver function. Extremely rare side effects of Clavamox for dogs includes unusual bleeding and nerve problems.

Cephalexin for dogs suffering with bacterial infection
Wikipedia article about amoxicillin/clavulanic acid