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Oxytetracycline HCl belongs to the tetracyclines class of drugs. The medication is effective against a wide range of bacteria including those infecting the eyes, bones, sinuses, respiratory tract and blood cells. It works by interfering with the production of proteins that the bacteria need to multiply and divide, thus hampering the spread of the infection. Besides being used for preventing bacterial growth in cats and dogs, Oxytetracycline HCl is effective for the treatment of bacterial enteritis and bacterial pneumonia in pigs, cows, sheep, chicken, turkey, and even honey bees.
It is advised to make fresh solutions every 24 hours, and make sure to prepare the solution using drinking water and not liquid feed supplements. Avoid administering the product with milk. as it might decrease their abiliuty to absorb the drug. Patients on anticoagulants should have their dosages adjusted. Oxytetracycline may decrease the effectiveness of insulin.
For dogs and cats with bacterial infections, 20mg/kg orally three times a day, or a 7mg/kg IV drip every 12 hours.
Young cats or dogs may have discoloration of their teeth if given a large enough of a dosage. Anaphylaxis or cardiovascular collapse may occur in rare instances. Symptoms may include ataxia, facial swelling, trouble breathing, drooling, and a general restlesness.
In dogs, oxytetracycline HCL may cause urolith (crystals) to form in the urinary tract. Cats are even more likely to suffer from urolith formation, along with possible fever, depression, and hair loss.
Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and different dog breeds can be affected by different health concerns. This list of dog breeds outlines the predisposed genetic conditions common in each breed. See what your dog might have in store, and how to prepare.
Eye infections in pets may need to be treated with eye drops, medications, or surgery, depending on the cause of the infection. See what the options are for treating eye infections in pets.
Ciprofloxacin HcL, the generic version of Ciloxan eye drops, are antibiotic eye drops used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes. Learn more about this pharmaceutical here.
Atropine Sulfate is a variation on the widely used drug, Atropine, with the intended function of helping treat ocular ailments. Dampening the eyes' ability to open and close the iris, this drug can be useful during eye exams, and to help relieve the pain associated with corneal ulcers, uveitis, and other ocular conditions. Learn more here.
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