Sometimes, pets come down with serious infections that require a trip to the vet’s office. Although we’d most all rather keep our pets comfortable at home under our own care, in some cases, our furry friends require professional treatment from animal doctors, which can often end in us bringing home medication for our pet.
What is Cephalexin?
Cephalexin is an antibiotic primarily used to treat bacterial infections in humans, although many veterinarians prescribe it to cats and dogs, too.
Is Cephalexin safe for dogs?
In most cases, yes. Veterinarians can best determine whether or not Cephalexin is safe for your dog. They will be able to weigh the benefits against the risks before they decide to prescribe it to your pet.
In dogs, Cephalexin can treat:
- Urinary tract infections
- Skin infections
Please note this list is not exhaustive.
Keep in mind that dosage may differ from one pet to another, based on their weight, age and other medical conditions they have or medications they take. Their veterinarian will know best in regards to the safest dosage. That being said, 1-800-PetMeds outlines the general dosing amount as follows for dogs:
- 5-15mg per pound of body weight every 8-12 hours
Please note: dosing amounts will differ for cats. Always consult a veterinarian before administering this drug to your animal.
During treatment with Cephalexin, your dog may experience side effects including but not limited to:
- Allergic reactions, resulting in difficulty breathing, rash, etc.
- Bloody stool
- Swollen mouth
If your dog experiences any side effects, contact their veterinarian immediately.
Cephalexin is FDA-approved for veterinary use. It’s important to remember never to administer medicine to your pet without a veterinarian’s guidance. And, if you suspect your pet might be sick, call their veterinarian for a check-up.