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Dosage Info for Clavamox for Dogs and Cats

Clavamox for Dogs and Cats Treats Pyoderma and Bacterial Infections

By May 22, 2013 | See Comments

Clavamox for dogs and cats

Clavamox(Amoxicillin and clavunate potassium) for dogs and cats, treats a variety of infections caused by bacteria such as treating wounds and abscesses.

Indications for Clavamox

Clavamox for dogs and cats is normally used in the treatment of persistent pyodermas, bone infections, infections in the mouth, pneumonia, and bladder infections as well as skin and soft tissue infections like wounds, abscesses, and dermatitis, caused by both gram positive and gram-negative aerobic and anaerobic microorganisms. Clavamox is stable in the presence of gastric acid. It is bactericidal in action and possesses both the antibiotic properties of Clavamox and the unique lactamase inhibiting effect of clavulanic acid, which makes it highly effective against Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus spp., E. coli, Pasteurella multocida, and Pasteurella spp., among others. However, it cannot be used for viral or parasitic infections.

Precautions when using Clavamox

Clavamox for dogs and cats is not recommended for use in animals with known hypersensitivity to penicillin or cephalosporins as this medication contains semi-synthetic penicillin. Drug administration is best done after feeding to avoid chances of stomach irritation and vomiting in dogs. In case vomiting persists, consult your veterinarian. It is not advisable to use Clavamox for dogs and cats while they are pregnant or breeding animals as its safety has not been ascertained.

Side Effects of Clavamox

Clavamox and Clavulanate Potassium should be used only as per the directions of a licensed veterinarian. Though it is a safe and effective medication, it can cause side effects at least in some animals. Clavamox and Clavulanate Potassium could interact with other medications such as chloramphenicol and tetracycline. In some cases, animals might develop resistance and might not respond to treatment. Usage of Clavamox and Clavulanate Potassium might also result in diarrhea, which is caused by a change in the bacterial population in the animal’s intestine.

Dosage for Clavamox

Clavamox for dogs and cats comes in tablet form with various strengths of 62.5 to 400 mg, and a 50 mg/ml liquid oral suspension. The ideal dosage is 6.25 mg/lb (1 mL/10 lb) of body weight twice a day. Skin and soft-tissue infections should be treated for 5 to 7 day. If animals fail to respond to the treatment even after 3 days of treatment, stop the therapy and consult a veterinarian. Though some conditions like urinary infections may require longer treatment schedules, make sure that the treatment does not exceed 30 days.

Brand Names of Clavamox

Amoxicillin and Clavulanate Potassium, Synulox, Clavaseptin


My Veterinarian has prescribed this in the past as you would expect Amoxicillin to be used in humans to treat a variety of simple infections with excellent results. However, as with antibiotics in humans (ANY antibiotic) it cannot be overstated how important it is to follow the dosage schedule precisely; and for the ENTIRE COURSE of treatment prescribed.

Failing to do so is the main reason we're struggling with Super Bacteria that have become immune to simple inexpensive treatments that have worked wonderfully for decades. Treating infections only until they're weakened (versus eliminated) leaves those with a slight defense against antibiotics as weakened survivors, not killed. In very simple terms, you're providing a genetic breeding program for those with any resistance, and strengthening each subsequent generation (keep in mind, for micro-organisms a generation can be mere minutes/hours, versus years/decades in mammals).

This advice is NOT some scam by the drug companies to sell more pills. It is the medical profession trying to keep infections we've historically had under control that way. Otherwise we're stuck fighting illnesses using vastly more rare and expensive medicines, orat worst - no longer having any treatments for the Super Bugs at all. Your medical providers are giving you instructions that are potentially trying to save our whole species from things that we've not been bothered by in years, decades or centuries in some cases,

If you've any doubt of this, be sure to consult your human or animal care provider with your questions. They'll surely be glad to give you the facts.

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Clavamox For Dogs and Cats at a glance

  • 1A heart medication
  • 2An oral medication
  • 3Treats pyodermas, bone, mouth, and bladder infections, wounds, abscesses, pnemonia, and dermatitis
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