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The generic name for Diflucan, Fluconazole is a great way to get rid of a fungal infection, inhibiting the formation of the fungal cell wall, thereby resulting in cell death and the death of the organism. Working against infections under the nails, ringworm, blastomycosis, or cryptococcosis, this medication does a number on some dangerous fungal infections that might otherwise do damage to the skin, claws, brain, respiratory tract, bones, or other tissues. An ‘extra-label’ medication, it is not approved for use in pets by the FDA, but can legally be prescribed by a vet.
Fluconazole should never be used in patients with liver disease, and patients with kidney disease may need to have the intervals and dosage adjusted. Pregnant pets should only take fluconazole if the benefits outweigh the risks.
Fluconazole might increase the risk of heart problems caused by terfenadine and astemizole. Anticoagulants might cause increased prothrombin times, and antidiabetic drugs might increase their serum levels, resulting in hypoglycemia, when taken with fluconazole. Fluconazole might inhibit the metabolism of cisapride, resulting in high plasma concentrations, which has been linked to fatal cardiac arrhythmias. Fluconazole might increase cyclosporine levels or plasma levels (when used with hydrochlorothiazide). Rifampin might increase the metabolism rate of fluconazole.
Dogs -- 2.5 - 5 mg/kg orally or IV once a day, or 1.25 - 2.5 mg/kg orally or IV twice a day, for 8 - 12 weeks Cats -- 2.5 - 10 mg/kg orally every 12 hours for 1 month
Vomiting, diarrhea, skin rashes, loss of appetite, increased liver enzymes, hepatic toxicity, or thrombocytopenia are all possible, but not common, side effects of fluconazole.
Heartworms are a problem for cats and dogs all across America, but many pet parents are unaware of how heartworm is contracted. To better understand this condition, it helps to have a functional knowledge of the heartworm life cycle, and this infographic does just that.
Fleas and ticks are nasty parasites that suck pets' blood and can leave diseases behind. Yuck! Here's how you can rid your home and your pet of fleas and ticks.
Atenolol for dogs, cats, and ferrets is a cardiac drug that treats certain heart diseases, controls heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and deals with rhythm irregularities.
Cephalosporin is the active ingredient in Cephalexin, the generic of Biocef, is used to treat bacterial infections of the skin, bones, joints, and bladder, and pneumonia and respiratory tract issues in dogs and cats.
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