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Amoxicillin is a broad-spectrum penicillin antibiotic used to treat various infections caused by susceptible strains of bacteria in dogs and cats. It is a semisynthetic antibiotic with a broad spectrum of activity. It provides bactericidal activity against a wide range of common gram-positive and gram-negative pathogens. Chemically, it is D(-)--amino-p-hydroxybenzyl penicillin trihydrate.
Side Effects & Warnings
Amoxicillin capsules might set off insulin allergic reactions in some animals, which might have symptoms like rashes, fever, swelling of face or limbs, labored breathing, rapid heartbeat, and imbalance. Over dosage might result in nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain while abnormally high doses can result in acute oliguric renal failure or hematuria. Other side effects when using amoxicillin include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, which require urgent medical aid.
This antibiotic for dogs and cats should only be used in cases that are proven to be bacterial infections. This medication should not be used in animals allergic to penicillins or cephalosporins. Use with caution in dehydrated animals or animals with kidney or heart disorders. Certain prescription medications such as allopurinol, should be used with caution when taken with amoxicillin due to the increased risk of rash. Erythromycin and probenecid may increase the effectiveness of amoxicillin. Always tell your veterinarian and pharmacist what other medications your pet is taking.
Amoxicillin is a moderate-spectrum antibiotic for cats and dogs belonging to the class of penicillin. This medication inhibits the growth of bacteria by preventing the cell wall formation of the bacterial cells. Amoxicillin should be used only to treat bacterial infections and not for viral and parasitic infections . Amoxicillin tablets are contraindicative with certain medications such as Allopurinol and Erythromycin. It should not be used in animals that are hypersensitive to penicillin and on animals reared for meat as amoxicillin is protein binding in nature.
Amoxicillin occurs in the form of trihydrate, which makes up the active ingredient in these capsules. Amoxicillin easily spreads into all body tissues and fluids, except the brain and the spinal fluid, thereby ensuring a wide coverage. It is useful in treating wounds, skin infections, tooth abscesses, infections of lower respiratory tract, genitourinary tract, urinary bladder, etc., in addition to conditions caused by various strains of bacteria such as H. influenzae, N. gonorrhoea, E. coli, Pneumococci, Streptococci, etc.
Amoxicillin is available in 250mg and 500mg capsules. The recommended dose of amoxicillin in dogs and cats is 5-10mg/pound every 12-24 hours. However, we recommend you to use it as directed by the veterinarian. Amoxicillin can be given with or without food as it is stable in gastric conditions.
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