What is a Doxycycline?
The doxycycline can be described as an antibiotic, which is used to treat multiple infections, particularly caused by the bacteria and the protozoa. Some of the common bacterial infections include bacterial pneumonia, Lyme disease, syphilis, intestinal infections, gonorrhea, periodontitis and Chlamydia infections. Apart from the uses of doxycycline, it has some side effects too, such as the red rashes, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea to the dog.
The doxycycline for dogs
Yes, apart from the humans, the doxycycline is also available for the dogs. In dogs, it is also used for treating the bacterial infections, which can be caused because of some factors. The dogs and cats are more exposed to the bacterial infections, because of the dirty and polluted atmosphere, they are exposed to. The doxycycline for dogs is also used to treat Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, psittacosis, Mycoplasma, and toxoplasmosis.
The doxycycline is said to be a member of the tetracycline family because it is also a broad spectrum antibiotic. Some of the common names of the doxycycline are Monodox, Doxychel, Doxirobe and Vibramycin. The medicine is available in both the oral liquid and tablet form. The dogs are mostly prescribed with the oral liquid form because it is easy to feed them in this way.
How does the doxycycline work
The Doxycycline is a broad spectrum antibiotic. Therefore, it can easily target a wide range of bacteria. Not only this, but the doxycycline also stops the bacterial infection or the bacteria from growing or dividing. The whole treatment process, which involves the doxycycline is quite slow. Therefore, it is considered as a long-term treatment. Even if the treatment is slow, but the results are surely worth the wait, as they end up eliminating the bacterial infection completely.
The dosage of doxycycline for the dogs
It is always suggested to consult a vet, before giving any dose of the doxycycline to your dogs or cats. This is because the doxycycline can react with some of the other medicines. Therefore a vet will make sure that whether your dog is ready, to begin with, the doses or not. Most of the vets suggest giving an oral dosage of the doxycycline because it is easier to swallow and also easy for the concerned person to feed the dogs. The average recommended a dose of a doxycycline is around 5 to 10mg/kg per day. If you think that the dosage is a bit low and is not showing many results, then before increasing the dose, make sure to consult a veterinarian.
Most of the people end up changing the medicines of their dogs, just because they think that the results are not really effective. Avoid changing the medicines, unless the vet recommends. This because, the frequent changes in the medicines can end up making the immune system of a dog totally antibiotic resistance, which can prove to be really dangerous. If an immune system develops any type of resistance against the antibiotics, then the whole treatment will take a lot of time and money.
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