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Using Clindamycin for Dog and Cat Oral Infections

How to use this Antibiotic to Treat Bacterial or Other Infections

By Team PetCareRx. May 22, 2013

Clindamycin Hydrochloride Bottle - Pills


indications for Clindamycin

Clindamycin is a lincosamide antibiotic, and is used in the treatment of bacterial or other infections caused by microorganisms. The drug is mainly used to treat oral infections, dental diseases, abscesses, deep wounds, and bone infections. Clindamycin is also a pet antibiotic prescribed to cure dental and bone infections in dogs and cats such as gingivitis, periodontitis and osteomyelitis, pus filled infection sites, bite wounds, abscess, post surgery and pneumonia, and respiratory infections. Clindamycin is also used to treat cats suffering from toxoplasmosis.

Precautions

Clindamycin should not be used in animals that are allergic to it. Use with extreme care when it’s prescribed with neuromuscular blocking agents. Clindamycin could be consumed with or without food. Nursing puppies or kittens have chances of developing diarrhea as the medication could pass via the milk. Periodic liver and kidney tests should also be done if the pet is on this medication for more than one month.

Dosage

Clindamycin for pets is available in oral capsules of variable dosage or as an oral dose liquid suspension aquadrop for hard-to-pill pets. Clindamycin is available as 25mg or 150mg capsules and as drops containing 25mg/1ml. The drops must be stored at room temperature. Clindamycin is FDA approved for use in dogs and veterinarians have the usual practice to use clindamycin in cats too. The usual dose of Clindamycin for dogs is 2.5mg-5mg/pound every 12 hours. The usual dose for cats is 5-10mg/pound every 24 hours. The length of the entire treatment depends on the condition of the pet as well as its response to the treatment.

Side Effects

Clindamycin must not be prescribed for pets with kidney and liver problems. Some of the major side effects of Clindamycin include vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, and weight loss. Certain pet medications, including some antibiotics, must not be used in conjunction with clindamycin.

Brand/Generic equivalents

Antirobe, Antirobe Aquadrops, Cleocin, Dalacin,and Evoclin

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Clindamycin at a glance

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  • 1For dogs and cats
  • 2An antibiotic medication
  • 3A topical medication
  • 4Treats bacterial infections such as oral and bone infections, dental diseases, abscesses, and deep wounds