Clindamycin for dogs with bacterial infections

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This article details dosage information on Antirobe (clindamycin) for dogs. You can also find safety precautions and side effects.

Clindamycin, as the ‘mycin’ suffix would suggest, is a medicine which is effective in the treatment of bacterial infections in dogs. The drug, also known commonly under the brand name “Antirobe” is a lincosamide antibiotic most often used to cure dental and bone infections. The drug works by inhibiting the growth and synthesis of protein similar in mechanism to erythromycin.

Clindamycin dosage for dogs

The medicine is available in both pill and oral form for dogs who have a hard time taking tablets. Pills are available in 25, 75 and 150 mg tablets whilst oral suspension is manufactured with a concentration of 25 mg/ml. The standard dosage when giving Antirobe to dogs is 2.5 mg per pound to be administered every 12 hours. On the higher end of the scale, you may be advised by your vet to administer 5 mg per pound every 12 hours.

Is clindamycin safe for dogs?

Clindamycin (Antirobe) is safe and effective in the treatment of bacterial infections when used with the approval and guidance of a professional vet. Like other antibiotics it is unable to combat viruses and as such you should always opt for a professional diagnosis of bacterial infection before using the drug.

Safety precautions

  • Avoid use in dogs with a history of antibiotic allergy (especially erythromycin)
  • Avoid administering the drug alongside neuromuscular blocking agents
  • Remain aware that the medicine may be passed through milk to nursing pups
  • For longer term use regular kidney and liver tests should be carried out
  • Notify the vet of any pre-existing health problems especially kidney or liver disease

Always remain cautious and aware of the dosage you are administering and never give more than the amount recommended by your vet. Antirobe is safe to administer both with and without food. If you notice signs of allergy such as hives, difficulty breathing and rashes you should seek emergency veterinary care. Be especially cautious of allergic reaction symptoms if this is the first time you have used any form of antibiotics on your dog.

Uses of clindamycin for dogs

Antirobe is frequently used in the treatment of:

  • Bacterial infections
  • Periodontitis
  • Gingivitis
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Infected wounds (especially bite wounds)
  • Abscesses
  • Pneumonia
  • Respiratory infections

Clindamycin tends to be the most popular medicine for use in the treatment of bite wounds over other antibiotics.

Side effects of giving clindamycin to your dog

Antirobe may cause gastric side effects in your dog. Such side effects include diarrhea and vomiting. You may also notice a decreased appetite. Unforeseen side effects should be checked over by a vet.

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