Doxycycline For Pets
Doxycycline is a tetracycline-class antibiotic used by veterinarians to treat animal patients suffering from certain bacterial infections and microorganisms.
Types of Infections Treated by Doxycycline
Doxycycline is primarily used to treat susceptible bacteria. However, it is not used for the treatment of infections caused by virus or fungi.
Common conditions in which Doxycycline is prescribed include respiratory infections, urinary infections, blood-borne infections and infected wounds. This antibiotic is a very popular treatment choice for tick-delivered bacterial diseases like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme disease, and ehrlichiosis, as well as certain water-borne infections like leptospirosis.
Possible Side Effects of Doxycycline
Doxycycline is generally safe and effective for use in animals when administered according to the prescription and in most cases, it does not produce negative side effects. Some animals may experience diarrhea, which is simply the result of a change in the population of intestinal bacteria. If this occurs, contact your veterinarian, as the dosage may need to be adjusted.
Doxycycline Precautions and Possible Interactions
Doxycycline should not be administered to an animal with a known allergy to the medication or one who has been hypersensitive to it in the past. This medication should not be administered to animals younger than seven months of age, as Doxycycline may bind to calcium in the teeth, causing discoloration.
How Is Doxycycline Supplied?
Doxycycline is available from qualified veterinary compounding pharmacies in an oral tablet or capsule, oral solution, injectable solution and topical formulations. The treating veterinarian determines the mode of administration, as well as dosage and frequency. In order for the medication to work as intended, following veterinary directions and completing the entire course of treatment is very important, even if the animal seems to be feeling better.
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