Amoxicillin is an antibiotic that can be used for a variety of infections in many different species.
Adverse effects with amoxicillin are not very common. Amoxicillin can cause upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea; so giving this medication with food may help alleviate some of the distress. Amoxicillin, however, does not need to be given with food to be efficacious.
It is important to give your pet this medication exactly as prescribed and to not discontinue the drug without consulting with your veterinarian. In order to prevent bacterial resistance, give this medication for as long as your pet's veterinarian prescribes. Symptoms and signs of infection may be gone, but the bacteria may still be present, and your pet may need to remain on the antibiotic. Talk to your pet's veterinarian if you have any questions regarding the dosing schedule for your pet.
Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Amoxicillin can be given with or without food. Give all of the amoxicillin even if your pet appears to be better. Symptoms may improve before the infection is completely treated. Store tablets and capsules at room temperature. Store the suspension in the refrigerator. Discard any unused suspension after 14 days.
|Dogs/Puppies: Cats/Kittens:||All weights||Give 5-10mg per pound of pet's body weight every 12-24 hours. Your veterinarian will determine the actual dose based on the type of infection being treated.|
What happens if I miss giving a dose: Give the missed dose as soon as you remember unless it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not give a double dose unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian.
What happens if I overdose the pet: Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment if an overdose is suspected. Symptoms of overdose may include muscle spasms or weakness, pain or twitching, seizures, confusion, coma, or agitation.
What should I avoid while giving Amoxicillin: There are no restrictions on food or activity during treatment with amoxicillin unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian.
Possible side effects of Amoxicillin: Contact your veterinarian immediately if the pet experiences severe or bloody diarrhea during treatment. Stop giving amoxicillin and seek emergency veterinary medical care in the event of an allergic reaction (shortness of breath; hives; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; rash; or fainting), seizures, unusual bleeding, or bruising. Other less serious side effects such as mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or abdominal pain, or yeast or fungal infection may be more likely to occur. Continue to give amoxicillin and notify your veterinarian if these symptoms occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to your pet.
What other medications will affect Amoxicillin: Before giving amoxicillin, tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given another antibiotic (for the same or a different infection), allopurinol, or probenecid. You may not be able to give amoxicillin or you may need to have the dosage adjusted. Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with amoxicillin. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.
What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Amoxicillin to my pet: Tell your veterinarian if your pet has ever had an allergic reaction to another penicillin or to a cephalosporin. Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney disease or stomach or intestinal disease.