Can I Give My Dog Antibiotics?

Can I Give My Dog Antibiotics?Antibiotics are a common treatment for both people and dogs, but many owners have doubts about administering such drugs. When Fido gets sick or injured sometimes you just don’t know what to do!

Even minor injuries, or a simple ailments, can require specialized treatment. Whatever the case, dogs should be given antibiotics when the need arises. Leave the decision to a vet, with your job being close observation for signs of negative effects such as allergic reactions.

So before your dog receives an antibiotic, it’s usually necessary to first consult with a veterinarian. There are so many variations and brands, not to mention exact dosing specifications. More importantly, a proper diagnosis should be done before anything.

Can I Give My Dog Antibiotics? Answer: Yes

They are probably the most common treatment for people and dogs alike.

Antibiotics are used, for people and dogs, primarily to speed up the recovery process as well as to prevent infections. So this type of medication is suitable for pets when warranted. Antibiotics, such as Cephalexin, are relatively safe for dogs provided the appropriate dosage is given. Get your veterinarian’s advice beforehand. A natural antibiotic cream made for animals can be applied on your own for treating your dog’s minor cuts and bruises.

Never give any type of antibiotic to a puppy without a vet’s opinion first!

Antibiotic Meds Explained

Antibiotics is the generic term for drugs that prevent or stop the spread of bacterial infections. They are used to kill and eliminate harmful bacteria that your dog may be carrying. Likewise, they can prevent the possibility of such occurrences in an injured area. These are the primary functions of antibiotics.

The concept of the antibiotic, such as Cefdinir, is something of a recent medical breakthrough. Ever since, antibiotics have become widely used with great benefits. They’ve contributed to increasing lifespans including those of pet dogs.

Common Canine Usage

Antibiotic therapy hopefully will eliminate infection before your dog develops a tolerance to the medication. Positive results depend on proper dosage and duration. You should not stop your dog’s antibiotic treatment early unless instructed otherwise by a vet.

Some dogs may have adverse reactions, allergic or otherwise, to antibiotics which is why you should always keep a close eye on them. This period may be stressful for your dog. Vets may recommend other medications or food supplements to go along with antibiotics. Depending on the severity of your dog’s condition, certain activities might need to be refrained from such as walking or contact with other pets.

When To Consider Them

Antibiotics are required when infection occurs. As previously stated, they also prevent superficial or surgical wounds from getting infected preemptively. Sometimes they may not seem to work for dogs and each situation should be monitored on a case by case basis. A more potent antibiotic may be required if your vet agrees. Always seek professional advice before switching medications.

Proper vaccinations should be given to your dog as the first line of defense for illness.

Best Antibiotic Brands

There are many antibiotic medications to choose from such as Penicillin, Amoxicillin, Clavamox and Baytril. Different classes target distinct ailments or injuries. A veterinary professional will recommend the best type based on your dog’s particular condition and medical history.

One example is Cephalexin which is an effective treatment for skin conditions and wounds. It comes in oral form and you don’t need a prescription. Cephalexin is typically given to dogs every 8 hours for a 7-day treatment period or more.

Conclusion on Antibiotics

You can provide your pet dog with antibiotics. They are generally safe when administered properly but play it safe and speak with your veterinarian before giving any to your dog. This is particularly critical for young pups because you don’t want to expose a vulnerable pet to unnecessary risk. Make sure you get an appropriate type of antibiotic, with detailed dosing instructions, for the best and safest path to recovery for your dog.

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Jeff May, 2016

My Terrier has an abscess on the lower front teeth. What can I give her for infection and pain?


Heidi March, 2016

My 3 year old Pit had a scab on his front paw and his back leg. He licked it so much that it’s now swollen and the hair is missing. Is there anything I can do at home to heal this wound? I have Amoxicillin, but I’m not sure how much to administer. They are 500mg capsules.


Let October, 2015

I have a 5 year old English Sheepdog who has developed 3 hot spots on the neck and head area. He was at the vet 3 weeks ago and he is up to date on all his shots. He eats a good diet and gets treats. This issue just developed about 5 days ago. 2 of them look like they are drying up. When I washed them they would bleed until they dried up again.

He has a lot of hair and sometimes it mats in certain areas. I have Doxycycline Hyclate dosed at 100mg and he’s around 100 pounds. Can I give this to him? Money is very tight now and the vet always wants cash.


Donna Jean Trenary November, 2015

I also have money issues. With that being shared, I have learned many alternate ways to get along successfully. My Bugzy too gets hot spots and I use the following:

1. Shampoo prescription, Hexachlor-K. No conditioner and do that every week for a month. My dog is allergic to her own dander and oils. I now use the shampoo every other week, in a good month. It really helps her so much, she is relieved from the misery of scratching so often.

2. Hydrogen Peroxide on a cotton swab, separating the hair. Some say no, but I say yes. Don’t put it on often, one or two times on that spot.

3. Get a spray from your vet called Relifor which is a topical spray.

This works for me if I’m consistent.


Sharon September, 2015

My dog is bleeding from the nose and it’s been going on now for a week. The blood sometimes comes out in clumps. We live in Indonesia so there is no vet. I want to give him Amoxicillin. He is 4 years old weighs about 15kg. Any advice?


Jackie July, 2015

My 50 pound English Bull Terrier is taking penicillin shots, 1cc twice a day for five days. She’s having some trouble sleeping so I thought it might be a good idea to give her melatonin. Are there any interactions with melatonin and penicillin that I should be aware of? Is it a good idea to provide it?


Donna January, 2015

Our Yorkie has something going on inside his mouth. It looks like red tumors connected to his jaw or gum and has now spread to the outside on the side of his mouth. I don’t have money to take him to the vet. I was wondering if it’s some kind of infection maybe could I treat it with antibiotics. Thanks!


Cherise November, 2015

Donna, this does not sound like an infection. I would absolutely have this looked at by a vet.


Lori March, 2016

Hi Donna. My Lab has a lesion on his tongue. He is slobbering excessively and it smells horrific. Did you get a reply to your Yorkie’s problem? My husband is unemployed and I’m on disability. Any help would be great.


Robert November, 2014

Can I give my Cocker Spaniel 300mg of Apo-Clindamycin?


Jerry December, 2014

Only give your pet medicines that are prescribed to them. If a veterinarian has not determined the medical necessity for an antibiotic then you can actually cause more damage than good. If your dog has an infection, it is best to determine whether it is viral or bacterial. If it’s bacterial, it could be something that is resistant to Clindamycin.

There may be other antibiotics more effective in the area being treated. For example, Cephalexin is good for skin, Clindamycin is good for the mouth, and Clavamox (Amoxicillin with Clavulanic Acid) is good for the urinary tract. Without veterinary diagnosis, you could be giving the wrong antibiotic and making it harder to resolve the problem. There is a reason veterinarians go through a minimum of 8 years of school.

The short answer is only if prescribed to your pet and deemed medically necessary by a licensed veterinarian.


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