Antibiotics for Bacterial Infections
Amoxicillin is a broad spectrum antibiotic for bacterial infections. Amoxicillin is administered orally to dogs, cats, and other pets and can be used to treat pneumonia, skin infections, urinary tract infections and other infections.
Amoxicillin is a semi-synthetic, broad spectrum,
well-tolerated antibiotic used to treat most types of infections in
cats and dogs. Because the medication rarely causes side effects and
works rapidly to kill bacteria and ease symptoms, it is one of the most
commonly prescribed antibiotics for animals.
Benefits of Amoxicillin:
- Treats both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria
- Effective against urinary tract infections, ear infections,
dental infections, respiratory infections, and skin infections
- Available in a variety of forms and strength to suit
- Clears symptoms rapidly, often within days
- Generally well tolerated
Use this medication only as directed by your veterinarian.
Administer Amoxicillin with food if your animal develops
gastrointestinal side effects.
Do not give this medication to animals allergic to
it or to similar antibiotics.
- Give dogs 5 mg per pound of body weight twice daily.
- Give cats 5 to 10 mg once daily.
- Give ferrets, horses, cattle, rodents, birds, rabbits,
and reptiles the amount prescribed by your veterinarian.
- Treat most conditions for 5 to 7 days, or until 48
hours after all symptoms disappear. If your veterinarian's instructions
differ, follow those directions.
- Reconsider diagnosis and/or treatment if symptoms
fail to improve after 5 days.
Frequency of Use:
Give once or twice each day for up to 7 days, or
as prescribed by your veterinarian.
Store Amoxicillin Oral Suspension in the refrigerator,
if possible. Discard unused solution after 14 days. Do not store tablets
or capsules above 77 degrees F.
It is a violation of Federal
Law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.
Amoxicillin works very similarly to ampicillin, and
both belong to the penicillin class of antibiotics. Penicillins generally
work by inhibiting mucopeptide synthesis in the cell wall of susceptible
bacteria. Amoxicillin and other broad-spectrum penicillins show increased
activity against some gram-negative aerobes that natural penicillins
Keep this product out of reach of children and animals.
Do not use or store in or near open flame or heat.
Amoxicillin is intended for use in dogs and cats.
It is sometimes used to treat small animals, reptiles, birds, horses,
cattle, and other animals.
CAUTION: Do not give amoxicillin to
animals that are allergic to it or show sensitivity to other beta-lactam
antibiotics, such as carbapenems or cephalosporins.
Do not give this medication to animals with septicemia
or shock, as absorption from the GI tract may be delayed.
Penicillins are probably safe for use during pregnancy
and breeding, but use caution when treating these animals.
Hypersensitivity may show as fever, rash, lymphadenopathy,
eosinophilia, agranulocytosis, anemia, thrombocytopenia, neutropenia,
Side effects are usually mild and may include vomiting,
diarrhea, and anorexia. High doses or prolonged use may result in neurotoxicity.
In dogs, amoxicillin may cause edema, tacycardia, tachypnea, and/or
Penicillins may display synergistic or additive activity
when used along with cephalosporins or aminoglycosides. They may perform
less well when used in combination with tetracyclines and other bacteriostatic
antibiotics. Do not use with probenecid.