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Doxycycline Hycalate is a prescription medication that is frequently recommended by veterinarians for the treatment of infections in horses. Available in an easy to administer capsule, the drug belongs to the tetracycline class of antibiotics and works by killing the microbes that give rise to certain types of infections. The drug is often used to treat Potomac Horse Fever and other types of infections caused by Ehrlichia bacteria. In addition, the antibiotic can be used to treat Lyme disease, and it may be prescribed to prevent horses from getting the infection if they are known to have been bitten by deer ticks. In most cases, this antibiotic is administered only once per day; however, you should follow the instructions provided to you by your veterinarian.
Doxycycline Hyclate is used to treat various bacterial infections. It is a drug that is used on humans to treat amoeba infections or acne when combined with other medications. It may also be used to prevent or slow down the progression of anthrax after being exposed to it. Doxycycline Hyclate can also be used to prevent several types of malaria.
Doxycycline Hyclate is a synthetic antibiotic that was derived from tetracycline. It works by disrupting the production of proteins by bacteria. It slows down the growth rate of bacteria. Once the growth rate of bacteria is slowed down, then the body’s immune system is able to get rid of the bacteria. The drug was approved by the FDA in December of 1967.
For horses, doxycycline Hyclate is used to treat bacterial infections that include Lyme disease, Potomac Horse Fever, and other Ehrlichia infections. The antibiotic has similar activity to other kinds of tetracycline to battle susceptible organisms, but there are some strains of bacteria that are more vulnerable to doxycycline. It is important to note that injecting the horse with doxycycline Hyclate can lead to collapse, cardiac arrhythmia, and even death.
It should also be noted that Federal law only allows licensed veterinarian to use or order the use of doxycycline hyclate. Some of the side effects of the drug include photosensitivity. There are rare instances in which blood disorders and liver damage were reportedly caused by the drug. Long term use of the antibiotic can lead to overgrowth of non-susceptible bacteria, as well as fungi.
Because of there is a risk of the death of the horse, intravenous injections must not be used with the animal until studies show that it is safe to use intravenous doxycycline Hyclate. The drug can also retard fetal skeletal development, which is why it should be used only in the last half of the pregnancy of a mare. The benefits must also outweigh the risks of fetal harm. And because it is a prescription drug, it must only by, or on the legal oral or written order of a licensed veterinarian.
The veterinarian must also know whether the horse is taking other medications or oral products. Saline cathartics, oral antacids, and other GI products are known to decrease the absorption of Doxycycline Hyclate. Oral doxycycline Hyclate must be taken one or two hours before taking products that contain the mentioned ingredients.
Oral sodium Bicarbonate, Bismuth Subsalicylate, or kaolin pectin can also impair the absorption of the antibiotic when taken orally together. Doxycycline Hyclate can also interfere with Penicillins, Aminoglycosides, and Cephalosporins.