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Cephalexin is a cephalosporin antibiotic. It treats many kinds of infections including those of the skin, respiratory tract, bone, sinuses, ears, and urinary tract.
Cephalexin is the Generic Alternative to Keflex.
Side Effects & Warnings
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible: difficulty breathing, wheezing, fever or hills, sore throat, pain or difficulty passing urine, redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth, seizures (convulsions), severe or watery diarrhea, skin rash, itching, stomach pain or cramps, swollen or tender joints, unusual bleeding or bruising, unusual weakness or tiredness.
The medication is not recommended for animals allergic to cephalosporins or penicillin. Extreme caution is required when used with probenecid or aminoglycosides including neomycin and gentamicin, or with kidney related medicines. It is advised to inform the pharmacist or veterinarian regarding the medicines the pet is taking. Precaution is required when used in pregnant and nursing pets. The oral suspension should be placed in the refrigerator after mixing with water, also make sure to discard unused portion of medication after 14 days. The dosage should be chosen with great care with your veterinarian, failing to choose the right dosage could result in adverse side effects. It is recommended to continue the treatment even if the pet appears fully recovered. This could prevent the animal from developing a resistance to antibiotics.
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Cephalexin, a broad-spectrum bactericidal antibiotic, is related to the penicillin class of antibiotics. Read on for Cephalexin dosage for dogs and cats. Akin to penicillin, Cephalexin is considered a broad range antibiotic. The medication is indicated for the treatment of skin, bone, respiratory, and bladder infections in cats and dogs. The drug is efficient against staphylococcal infections and is widely used against deep skin infections (pyodermas). The active ingredient in the medication is Cephalosporins.
The recommended Cephalexin dosage for dogs is 10mg/lbs every 12 hours and for cats 10mg/lbs every 24 hours orally. The drug can be used for the treatment of serious infections even when a culture to find out the exact antibiotic is in progress.
The side effects when using Cephalexin Oral Suspension include loss of appetite, itching, rash, difficulty in breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, drooling, fever, and excitability. Vomiting and diarrhea can be the signs of overdose. The commonly observed side effects in dogs include rapid breathing, drooling, and excitability. Cats are observed with side effects like fever and vomiting.
Use as directed by your veterinarian.
The usual dose of cephalexin in dogs and cats is 10-30 mg/kg, every 6 to 12 hours orally.
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