Clavamox antibiotic for dogs
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Learn about Clavamox for dogs, including accurate information about the dosage, side effects and uses of the drug.
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.
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 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:
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 of Clavamox includes loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and temporary effects on liver function. Extremely rare side effects include unusual bleeding and nerve problems.