Cefpodoxime for Dogsby Naomi Millburn
Cefpodoxime is a type of cephalosporin occasionally used to manage skin infections in canines, such as open sores and wounds brought upon by susceptible organisms. Veterinarians can prescribe cefpodoxime to dogs who are experiencing bacterial infections. Never offer your pet any kind of drug, including cefpodoxime, without the recommendation of a veterinarian.
How Cefpodoxime Functions
Cefpodoxime is the active metabolite in a drug known as cefpodoxime proxetil. This antibiotic is given to canines orally, as tablets. If a dog has a skin infection that is the result of bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus intermedius or Proteus mirabilis, to name a few, a veterinarian might prescribe him cefpodoxime proxetil. The antibiotic functions by stopping bacteria from establishing sufficient cell walls, which in turn brings upon their destruction, according to veterinarian Debra Primovic. Cefpodoxime proxetil has a lot in common with cephalexin, which is another antibiotic commonly used in dogs.
When veterinarians work to figure out suitable doses for their canine patients, they assess a handful of different components, including the intensity of the bacterial infection. Dogs take cefpodoxime proxetil once per day, with doses of between 2.3 and 4.5 milligrams for each pound of body weight. Some dogs take cefpodoxime with food; others do not. Since cefpodoxime is a prescription medication, it must be procured through a veterinarian.
Potential Side Effects
Cefpodoxime proxetil, as with the majority of other medications out there, has the potential to bring upon side effects. Some dogs throw up after they take cefpodoxime proxetil, usually not long after they take the medication. Dogs also can experience reduced interest in eating, and runny stools, as an effect of taking cefpodoxime. Although uncommon, problems with bleeding can occur. Exhaustion is also a possibility. Cats who take cefpodoxime also can develop similar effects to it. If your female dog is nursing, pregnant or planning on getting pregnant soon, speak to your veterinarian regarding any possible problems that those conditions could introduce. Make your vet aware if your pet is using any other drugs. Also do so if he's ever experienced any problems with any penicillin or cephalosporin medications. Dogs allergic to cefpodoxime should never take it. Contact your vet immediately if you have any concerns and questions about cefpodoxime side effects in your pooch.
Cefpodoxime is associated with the management of many ailments in dogs, from pneumonia to bladder infections. Cefpodoxime is not used for the management of certain other kinds of infections, however, including those of parasites such as worms. The drug cannot help in the management of fungal infections and mites in canines, for example.
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