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Clindamycin for dogs and cats is commonly prescribed when animals are fighting bacterial infections. It is available in 25mg and 150mg capsules and as 25mg/1mL drops (which must be stored at room temperature).

Dosage

The typical dose of clindamycin for dogs is 2.5 to 5 mg per pound every twelve hours. For cats, the typical dose is 5 to 10 mg per pound every 24 hours. Always defer to a veterinarian about how to give clindamycin to a dog or cat.

Side Effects

It’s important never to give clindamycin to pets as a dry pill, because this administration may increase the risk of the pill getting stuck in the pet’s throat, which can cause ulcers. Side effects of clindamycin in dogs include diarrhea (sometimes bloody), vomiting, and drooling and lip smacking. Side effects may be more pronounced in animals with underlying health problems like kidney and liver disease.

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