Clavamox
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#1 Prescribed veterinary antibiotic
Trusted for 30 years
Treats a variety of bacterial infections throughout the body, including skin, mouth, bladder, and kidneys
Works for dogs and cats

Clavamox

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At a Glance
#1 Prescribed veterinary antibiotic
Trusted for 30 years
Treats a variety of bacterial infections throughout the body, including skin, mouth, bladder, and kidneys
Works for dogs and cats

Ultimate Guide to Clavamox

Meet the #1 Canine and Feline Antibiotic: Clavamox!

Clavamox is an FDA-approved, #1 veterinarian-recommended, cat and dog antibiotic that treats a variety of infections caused by bacteria, such as skin wounds, periodontal diseases, and urinary tract infections caused by E. coli. Clavamox is a twice-daily oral chewable tablet.

How does Clavamox work?

Clavamox is an antibiotic medication with two active ingredients - Amoxicillin Trihydrate and Clavulanate Potassium.

Amoxicillin Trihydrate is a hydrate form of amoxicillin, which is a penicillin antibiotic with bactericidal activity. Amoxicillin binds to and inactivates penicillin-binding protein (PBP) located on the inner membrane of the bacterial cell wall. Interfering with the formation of bacterial cell walls breaks down protein synthesis of the cell membrane.

Together, Amoxicillin and Clavulanate Potassium are used to treat many different infections caused by bacteria, such as sinusitis, pneumonia, ear infections, bronchitis, urinary tract infections, and skin infections. Clavamox is specially designed so the bacteria cannot build a resistance to it.

Which bacterial infections and diseases does Clavamox treat?

Clavamox for dogs and cats is a prescription, broad-spectrum antibiotic that treats a variety of bacterial infections. Clavamox cannot be used for viral or parasitic infections.  

Clavamox is used for skin and soft tissue infections, such as treating wounds, abscesses, cellulitis, dermatitis, and deep tissue infections. Clavamox treats canine periodontal disease, feline urinary tract infections caused by E. coli, persistent pyodermas, bone infections, infections in the mouth, pneumonia, and bladder infections.

Clavamox is stable in the presence of gastric acid and lactamase-inhibiting effect of clavulanic acid, which makes it highly effective against bacterial germs that live in pet's colons and intestines.

How is Clavamox administered?

Clavamox chewable tablets are administered orally twice a day for 5 to 7 days. The usual dosage for cats and dogs is 6.25 mg per pound of pet's body weight. For example, a 20-pound dog or cat would take a 125 mg Clavamox chewable tablet.

Clavamox starts taking effect in one to two hours, but external bodily effects in cats and dogs take a few days to be observed. If the pet does not respond after three days of treatment, discontinue medication, and consult a veterinarian. Also, make sure that treatment does not exceed 30 days.

What are the precautions of which you should be aware?

Inform your veterinarian of any medications or supplements that your pet is taking, due to some negative reactions with Clavamox. Pets that are hypersensitive to penicillins and cephalosporins should not take Clavamox. Pets that are pregnant or breeding are not safe to use Clavamox.

What are the Clavamox side effects of which you should be aware?

Clavamox's ingredients may cause a change (or a damage) in the bacterial population in the pet's intestines, so ensure that the medication is administered with or after food to prevent stomach irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, or other related reactions. Consult your veterinarian if any of the above occur.

Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What is the difference between Clavamox for dogs versus Clavamox for cats?

    In both dogs and cats, the Clavamox antibiotic is effective in the bacterial treatment of skin and soft tissue infections. Clavamox is especially effective against canine periodontal (tooth-related) infections and feline urinary tract (bladder and kidney) infections.

  2. Can I have Clavamox without a vet prescription?

    No. Clavamox is a prescription antibiotic drug.

  3. Which Clavamox dosages are available?

    Clavamox 62.5 mg, Clavamox 125 mg, Clavamox 250 mg, and Clavamox 375 mg per chewable tablet.

  4. What forms does the Clavamox come in?

    Clavamox drops and chewable tablets.

  5. What is Clavamox?

    Clavamox is the #1 prescribed veterinary antibiotic specifically developed for veterinary use in dogs and cats to fight off a variety of bacterial infections, such as treating skin wounds, persistent pyodermas, periodontal diseases, and urinary tract infections. Clavamox is highly effective against bacterial germs that live in the pet's intestines.

Concluding Thoughts

The most important thing that you should know about Clavamox is its power to treat a variety of bacterial infections throughout cat and dog bodies. Clavamox has been trusted for 30 years and is known as the #1 prescribed veterinary antibiotic.

DISCLAIMER: FDA law restricts Clavamox to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian for the best pet health care advice. Ask your veterinarian or consult with one of our pet care specialists at 1-800-844-1427. This informative article does not substitute for the diagnosis, treatment, and professional advice from your veterinarian or other qualified professionals regarding a medical condition. Follow the exact specifications prescribed by your veterinarian when giving your pet Clavamox.



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Is Clavamox a Strong Antibiotic?
Answer

The use of antibiotics is generally done among pets to curb any of the infections that stem in them, These can be as a result of various types of reasons or exposures that your pet may have been subjected to. Antibiotics help curb the impact of the infections by treating the root cause of the ailment i.e. to kill the growth of the organisms that are causing the development of the particular conditions. Clavamox is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that is prescribed by veterinarians for the treatment of various conditions. The drug also has an FDA license. The use of the drug can be to treat the conditions among the dogs that occur as a result of the bacterial infestation. These can be used for the treatment of periodontal diseases, skin wounds, and urinary tract infections. These ailments are generally caused by the presence of the bacteria E. Coli. The recommended dosage of the drug is twice daily and they come as oral chewable tablets.

Does Clavamox Need to Be Given With Food?
Answer

The administration of Clavamox without any food is seen to cause decreased appetite, stomach irritation, diarrhea, vomiting, or other related reactions. Therefore, it is advisable to use this medication with food to avoid any such conditions in your pet. If you see any of the above symptoms after the administration of the medication, you should consult your petโ€™s veterinarian immediately. So that you can and seek their help about what should be the step that you should follow to administer the medication under such circumstances.

Does Amoxicillin Make Dogs Sleepy?
Answer

Clavamox contains Clavulanic Acid and Amoxicillin Trihydrate as the key ingredients. Veterinarians recommend that amoxicillin should not be administered to dogs and cats that show signs of allergic reaction or intolerance to amoxicillin in the past. Signs of clinical reactions to Amoxicillin can include digestive issues like lack of appetite, diarrhea, or vomiting. It can also lead to changes in behavior or lethargy. However, none of the symptoms can lead to drowsiness but, your pet can feel sleepy due to being lethargic.

How Long Is Clavamox Good For?
Answer

The chewable tablet is administered to the pets depending on their prevailing conditions, which can be understood only after diagnosis by your petโ€™s veterinarian. The duration of retention of the efficacy of these chewable tablets can depend upon the extent of infection and the prescribed to the bodyweight ratio. The normal suggested dosage of the tablet is twice daily for five to seven days by oral administration. Also, it is important to note that the maximum usage period of the medication for the pets that are suffering from the infections is thirty days.

Does Clavamox Help With Fever?
Answer

When you get to know that your pet is exhibiting the signs that are deemed to be clinical symptoms of fever, you should get in touch with your petโ€™s veterinarian immediately. After the diagnosis of your pet, the veterinarian can be able to guide you with the exact cause of the fever. If your pet is diagnosed with a bacterial infection as a reason for the fever, your petโ€™s veterinarian can recommend the use of Clavamox for the treatment of such conditions. Once the bacterial infection is cured the fever will go down. But Clavamox is never to be administered to your pets without the consultation of a certified veterinarian for the treatment of fever among them.

Can Antibiotics Upset a Dogโ€™s Stomach?
Answer

Clavamox is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that is used for the treatment of various ailments among pets. Clavulanic Acid and Amoxicillin Trihydrate are the two key ingredients present in Clavamox. There are reactions to Amoxicillin that are observed among some of the pets. The signs of clinical reactions to Amoxicillin can include digestive issues like lack of appetite, diarrhea, or vomiting. It can also lead to changes in behavior or lethargy. Therefore when you see such reactions in your pets after the administration of the chewable tablets Clavamax, you should understand that these are due to the reactions to the amoxicillin. Under these circumstances, it is wise to inform of these developments to your petโ€™s veterinarian.

Does Clavamox Go Bad if Not Refrigerated?
Answer

The storage condition of any medication can be best understood by choosing to refer to the storage instructions on the pack or consult your petโ€™s veterinarian when they recommend the medication for your pet. Since Clavamox is an oral chewable tablet the storage of the medication can be done in any cool and dry place.

Clavamox contains:

Amoxicillin Trihydrate, Clavulanic Acid

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.

Clavamox for dogs and cats 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 animalโ€™s intestine.

Consult your veterinarian if your pet experiences lack of appetite, drooling, vomiting, or diarrhea while taking Clavamox.

Notify your veterinarian of any additional medications or supplements your pet is taking, and also of any reactions to previous medications before giving your pet 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.

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.

Ask your veterinarian or consult with one of our pet care specialists at 1-800-844-1427.

This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard or delay seeking professional advice due to what you may have read on our website. Our medications are FDA approved and/or EPA regulated when and as required by law.

Follow the exact specifications prescribed by your veterinarian when giving your pet Clavamox.

Dogs(All weights): The usual dose for dogs is 6.25mg per pound of pet's body weight given by mouth twice daily.

Cats(All weights): The usual dose for cats is 6.25mg given by mouth twice daily.

Store Clavamox tablets at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Store the suspension (liquid) in the refrigerator.

Clavamox is manufactured by Pfizer

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