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Zeniquin is a medication that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in dogs and cats to treat a variety of infections caused by bacterial organisms. Available for purchase only with a prescription from a veterinarian, the medication poses a very low risk of side effects and is often prescribed for animals that have difficulty taking other types of antibiotics. The drug is a brand name version of the broad-spectrum antibiotic Marbofloxacin, which works by preventing bacteria from reproducing. Most commonly prescribed for urinary tract infections, the drug is coated with a special film that makes it easier for pets to swallow. Typically, Zeniquin is only given to large dogs and cats over 1 year old, small and medium sized dogs over 8 months old and giant breed dogs that are 1-1/2 years old or older.
Zeniquin is a pet antibacterial synthetic broad spectrum used to treat infections related to bacteria vulnerable to marbofloxacin. Some of the infections treated using Zeniquin include skin infections, soft-tissue infections and urinary tract infections. The drug is not sold across the counter in drugs stores without a written prescription from a veterinarian. The drug is a veterinary prescription approved by FDA for use in cats and dogs. It is available in different quantities such as 200mg, 100mg, 50mg and 25mg in firm of film-coated scored tablets.
How Zeniquin works
The drug is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that hinders the replication of the DNA of a disease-causing microorganism. Zeniquin is highly reactive. Therefore, it should not be used to treat pregnant, breeding or lactating pets. Additionally, if you notice that your pet has seizures or other central nervous system disorders after taking Zeniquin, it is recommended to consult a veterinarian immediately. You should also not give Zeniquin to your pet within two hours after taking antacids, food and supplements rich in iron, zinc, calcium and magnesium to avoid reactions.
Pets that can take Zeniquin
The drug can be administered to cats above twelve years old. In dogs, the drug should be administered as follows: Giant breeds over 18 months, large breeds that are above 12 months and small and medium breeds above 8 months of age. The usual dosage of Zeniquin for dogs and cats is 1.25mg per pound once a day unless advised otherwise by a veterinarian. Although the drug is highly effective, and your pet might show some improvement shortly after starting the treatment, the drug should be administered for 30 days. However, if your pet does not show any improvement after a week of taking Zeniquin, you need to have it reexamined by a veterinarian.
Nevertheless, it is recommended to follow the instructions of a veterinarian when giving your pets Zeniquin. Additionally, the drug should not be given to pets that are allergic to it or other fluoroquinolone antibiotic drugs. It is possible to give your pet an overdose of Zeniquin when you over estimate its age and body size. Signs that your dog has an over doze of Zeniquin include dehydration, tremors, redskin, facial swelling and excessive salivation. If you notice any of these signs, you should seek emergency medical treatment from a qualified veterinarian to save the life of your pet.
Possible side effects of Zeniquin
Just like other medications, Zeniquin has side effects too. Common side effects include allergic reactions, swelling of the lips, face and tongue. Other minor side effects include vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness, loss of appetite and dizziness among others. However, it is worth noting that Zeniquin allergic side effects can be dangerous, and if noticed, it is recommended to discontinue the drug and consult a veterinarian as soon as possible.
How to store Zeniquin
The drug should be stored in a dry place with room temperature, away from the reach of pets and children.