Much like us, sometimes the only treatment for our sick best friend is antibiotics. When a dog is stricken with a bacterial infection of any kind, it is typical that the veterinarian will prescribe dog antibiotics. However, depending on the type of infection, and its severity, the type of dog antibiotic will differ vastly. Please be aware that human antibiotics can be very harmful to a dog. It is vitally important that you let a trained and certified veterinarian decide the best antibiotic for your dog.
Typically, your veterinarian will provide you with one of three brand name drugs. Antibiotics for dogs will treat different diseases, so it is necessary for a thorough checkup before a proper decision can be made.
Some of the most common antibiotics for dogs include:
Albon. This particular drug is typically given as a precautionary measure, as it prevents the bacteria that has infected your dog from multiplying, thus allowing the problem to become worse.
Baytril. Any dog who arrives at the veterinarian with problems harming the ear, urinary tract, skin, intestine, liver, or lungs will usually be given this dog antibiotic. While this antibiotic for dogs does successfully kill off bacteria, it can also cause your dog to temporarily experience dizziness and loss of appetite.
Clavamox. This drug, otherwise known as amoxycillin, will be provided to those dogs who require treatment for abscesses and, more often, skin infections. Again, side effects are quite likely with this drug including, but not limited to, diarrhea and nausea.
Two other options of antibiotics for dogs include both Keflex and Sumycin. Keflex is responsible for treating ailments of the bones and joints while Sumycin is specifically reserved for the treatment of Lyme Disease or Rocky Mountain Fever.
For the most part, almost all antibiotics for dogs come in easy to administer tablets which are chewable. Further, be sure to follow the directions provided on the dog antibiotic bottle to perfection as bacteria can become immune to an antibiotic over time. By providing the wrong dosage to your dog, you may be doing more harm than good. Because of this, it is important that you only use your antibiotics for dogs to treat infections that already exist. Under no circumstance should you administer antibiotics to your dog in effort to be preventative. Again, you will most certainly be doing more harm than good.
Finally, direct any questions, no matter how insignificant you think they may be, to your veterinarian. By doing so, you are ensuring the healthy quality of life that your dog deserves.