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Amoxicillin is a very commonly used antibiotic medication with a long history of use and a well-established record of effectiveness. As a prescription medication, this drug can only be purchased with a valid prescription from a vet. Effective at fighting many different types of bacteria, amoxicillin prevents bacterial cells from forming protective walls, which causes the organisms to die and allows infections to clear. A veterinarian may choose to prescribe amoxicillin for infections of the ears, urinary tract and bladder, respiratory system and the teeth and gums. It may also be given to dogs and cats that are bitten by other animals and at a risk for infection as a result. The drug is offered in capsule and tablet forms.
A broad-spectrum antibiotic, Clavamox is given to cats and dogs for the treatment of bacterial infections. It is orally administered and contains amoxicillin trihydrate and clavulanic acid. It is also known to be the only potentiated penicillin that is approved for veterinary applications. In dogs and cats, it is primarily used for the treatment of skin and soft tissue infections, which include cellulitis, wounds, and abscesses. In dogs, it is also used for the treatment of periodontal infections and urinary tract infections for cats. It is backed with more than 25 years of proven outcomes, which makes it more popular.
How It Is Used
Clavamox is taken orally and is available either in the form of drops or tablets. Before having it used, a professional consultation with a veterinarian is important to ensure that the right dosage will be made. The weight of your pet will have a huge factor in determining what dosage will prove to be best to treat the infection. Generally speaking, the veterinarian will prescribe 6.25 milligrams per pound in dogs and cats. On the other hand, if it is taken in the form of drops, the commonly recommended dosage is 1 mL per ten pounds. One dose should be given once every twelve hours for a period of 5 to 10 days. If it is being used for the treatment of UTI in cats, the veterinarian can prescribe its use for up to 14 days.
How It Works
The amoxicillin that is found in Clavamox is the one that is basically responsible for killing the bacteria, and hence, preventing them from forming a preventive wall in their growth. Clavulanic acid, on the other hand, inhibits an enzyme that is known as beta-lactamase, which can deactivate amoxicillin.
Adverse Side Effects
Side effects can be prevented as long as you make sure that you are following the prescription of the veterinarian, especially when it comes to the right dosage and the duration of its administration for your cats and dogs. Some of the most commonly reported side effects include labored breathing, hives, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. Aside from wrongful administration of the drug, the side effects can also emanate as a result of interaction with the antacid, erythromycin, and tetracycline, among others. If the animal has a history of allergic reaction with penicillin or cephalosporin, Clavamox should not be used.
Care and Storage Instructions
In order to be confident that Clavamox will deliver the highest level of effectiveness, make sure that it is handled properly. The tablets must be kept at room temperature and should be away from heat and moisture. In its liquid form, on the other hand, make sure to keep it refrigerated. It can be refrigerated for a period of up to 10 days.