Moxifloxacin & Dogs

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Moxifloxacin is used to treat the rare canine bacterial infection known as mycobacterium. The mycobacterium infection is a dermal infection, meaning it’s on the skin, and it’s dangerous for both humans and dogs. A mycobacterium lesion can be very raw and painful for dogs, and it may lead to extensive tissue inflammation. Because of its serious nature, mycobacterium must be treated right away with veterinarian prescribed moxifloxacin.

Moxifloxacin Effects

Your veterinarian will prescribe moxifloxacin when your dog is showing deep skin lesions, as well as he’s exhibiting signs of a serious bacterial infection. Always consult with your veterinarian before administering moxifloxacin tablets to your dog because these tablets do have some negative side effects, including dizziness, fainting, rapid heartbeat, as well as loose bowels and bodily swelling.


Your vet will determine proper dosage depending on the severity of the infection. It's available in three strengths ranging from 40 mg/ml to 80 mg/ml. Most often, moxifloxacin is administered once daily at a dose rate of typically 5 to 10 mg/kg. It’s recommended to mix the oral medicine with a small amount of food or administer it directly using a dosing syringe. A capsule form exists for humans, but vets prescribe an oral suspension for dogs.


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