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About Cephalosporin, in Cephalxin Capsules for Pets

Antibiotic (Cephalexin Capsules) for Treating Bacterial Infections in Cats and Dogs

By Team PetCareRx. May 22, 2013

Cephalexin Bottle - Capsules

indications for Cephalosporin Capsules

Cephalosporin, the main ingredient in Cephalexin, treats the bacterial infections of the skin, bones, joints, bladder, pneumonia and respiratory tract in dogs and cats. The medication is used as a low dose antibiotic and may be administered over an extended time period. Cephalosporin effectively fights against the infectious components.


Avoid using Cephalexin, or any medication that contains Cephalosporin, in animals allergic to cephalosporin or penicillin. Cephalexin, and other Cephalosporin based medications, should be used with extreme caution in pregnant and nursing animals or animals who are taking probenecid or aminoglycosides like neomycin and gentamicin. Inform your veterinarian or pharmacist about the medicines your pet is taking and be sure to administer the full treatment of the medicaiton, even if your pet has fully recovered from the infections. Over-dosage could lead to adverse side effects. Cephalexin, and other Cephalosporin based medications, are not effective in fighting infections triggered by mites, parasites, viruses or fungi. Do not give your pet their medicaiton more than directed. 


Cephalexin, and all other cephalosporin based medications, are prescription drugs and should be administered with respect to the proper dosage. The standard dosage is 10-15 mg/lbs every 8-12 hours orally for both the species. Duration of the treatment may be based on the clinical condition of the pet. While administering the liquid form of the medication, make sure to shake well before measuring the dose.

Side Effects

Side effects of Cephalexin for dogs and cats and other cephalosporin based medications include loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. Allergic reactions including itching, formation of rashes, and difficulty in breathing are also observed in pets. Dogs exhibit side effects such as drooling, excitability and rapid breathing, while cats are observed to vomit and develop fever.

Brand/Generic equivalents

Cephalexin for dogs and cats, Keflex, Keftabs, Biocef

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Cephalosporin Capsules at a glance

  • 1For dogs and cats
  • 2An antibiotic
  • 3An oral medication
  • 4Treat bacterial infections of the skin, bones, joints, and bladder, and pneumonia and respiratory tract issues