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About Liquid Amoxicillin Dosage for Dogs and Cats

Learn About Usage and Doses of Amoxicillin Oral Suspesion, a Liquid Antibiotic for Treating Dog and Cat Bacterial Infections

By Team PetCareRx. May 22, 2013

Amoxicillin Oral Suspension Bottle


indications for Amoxicillin Oral Suspension

Amoxicillin Oral Suspension is of of the primary antibiotics for cats and dogs used against drug-resistant bacteria and is meant for effectively treating respiratory tract infections, wounds, skin infections, tooth abscesses, genitourinary tract and urinary bladder infections among others. Amoxicillin oral suspension is semisynthetic penicillin based antibiotic, with broad spectrum bactericidal activity against various strains of bacteria such as H. influenzae, N. gonorrhoea, E. coli, Pneumococci, Streptococci etc. It is not effective for viral or parasitic infections.Amoxicillin oral suspension is a popular medication for dogs and cats as it could be administered easily and ensures easy absorption. Trihydrate is the main active ingredient in Amoxicillin Oral Suspension.

Precautions

Amoxicillin Oral Suspension should be used only for proven bacterial infections. Animals that are allergic to penicillin should not be given this medication. Extreme caution is required while using this medication in dehydrated animals or those with kidney or heart disorders. Though it can cross over placenta of pregnant animals to the offspring, it is considered relatively safe to use during pregnancy. Amoxicillin Oral Suspension can react with medications such as allopurinol and erythromycin, so it is advisable to discuss the medication history of the pets with the vet before starting the treatment.

Dosage

The recommended dose of amoxicillin oral suspension in dogs and cats is 5-10mg/pound every 12-24 hours. Amoxicillin can be given without any food restrictions as it is stable in gastric conditions. Unused medication should not be used after 14 days.

Side Effects

Common side effects when using amoxicillin include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Allergic reactions are characterized by symptoms like rashes, fever, swelling of face or limbs, difficulty breathing, rapid heart beat and loss of coordination, which require urgent medical aid. A drug overdose might result in vomiting and diarrhea, where the veterinarian should be contacted urgently.

Brand/Generic equivalents

Amoxil (GlaxoSmithKline), Biomox (Delmarva), Robamox-BV (Fort Dodge), Trimox (Apothecon)

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Amoxicillin Oral Suspension at a glance

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  • 1For dogs and cats
  • 2An antibiotic
  • 3An oral medication
  • 4For infections like respiratory, skin, tooth, or bladder infections; fights bacteria like gonorrhoea, E. coli