Doxycycline Antibiotic For Dogs
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The information contained within the following article relates to the correct usage of the drug doxycycline. Included is standard dosage and safety information, as well as a list of side effects.
Doxycycline, the generic form of Vibramycin, is an antibiotic drug used for the treatment of bacterial infections. As is the case with all antibiotics, it is ineffective at treating viruses, and so a formal diagnosis should first be performed by a vet to ensure that your dog would benefit from the drug. Vets commonly prescribe this drug in the treatment of certain infections such as chlamydia.
Doxycycline dosage for dogs
The general dosage of doxycycline for user in dogs is 2 mg per pound administered every 12 hours. As an example, a 40 lb dog would require 80 mg of the drug. With that said, normal dosages may range anywhere between 2 to 5 mg per pound. It is not necessary to give the drug with food, however, you should provide plenty of water and keep your dog well hydrated.
Be aware that dairy foods may hinder the absorption of this medicine.
Is doxycycline safe for dogs?
Doxycycline is a safe and commonly used drug for the treatment of a variety of infections in dogs. It’s important to seek a veterinary diagnosis prior to use, as well as the vet’s approval of using the drug. There are some safety concerns that you must keep in mind throughout use. More can be found below.
- Avoid use in pregnant or nursing dogs
- Always notify your vet of known antibiotic allergies before use
- Do not mix with other drugs which interact with doxycyline, notify the vet of all medicines your dog is taking
- Avoid use in dogs with kidney disease
- Do not use the medicine if it is past expiration date
Avoid administering laxatives or calcium supplements 2 hours prior to (or after) giving this medicine to your dog. Remember to finish the entire course of medication even if your dog appears to be feeling better as failure to do so may result in the infection returning. If your dog has a bad reaction to the drug and begins displaying general signs of an allergic reaction such as rashes and a difficulty breathing, stop giving the drug to your dog immediately and seek emergency veterinary attention.
Uses of doxycycline for dogs
Doxycycline is frequently used in the treatment of:
- Bacterial infections
- Lyme disease
- Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF)
Side effects when using doxycycline on your dog
If you avoid mixing doxycyline with other drugs, and your dog does not suffer an allergic reaction, then serious side effects are uncommon. Typical side effects of the drug include jaundice, confusion, hair loss and a loss of appetite. Less common sides include vomiting and a difficulty swallowing. Remember, many other drugs interact with doxycycline including antacids, anticoagulants, barbiturates and insulin just to name a few, so always be wary when your dog is taking this medication. Below is a video showing a dog who is being treated for Lyme disease, a perfect candidate for treatment with doxycycline.