Can I Give My Dog Doxycycline?

Can I Give My Dog Doxycycline?Doxycycline is a broad spectrum antibiotic commonly used for prostate infections, tick infections, urinary infections and upper respiratory problems. There are several important things to know about giving your dog Doxycycline.

Some antibiotics cannot penetrate the nervous system, prostate or the eyes. This is where this medication comes in; it’s able to reach these areas and stop harmful bacteria from growing.

The important thing to understand about this antibiotic is that it prevents bacteria from spreading, but it doesn’t eliminate the problem completely. Your animal’s immune system will need to step in at some point and fight it off for a full recovery.

Can I Give My Dog Doxycycline? Answer: Yes, with vet supervision

Vets often prescribe this for dogs with tick infections, urinary infections or upper respiratory problems.

This antibiotic must only be used under strict guidance from your veterinarian including dosage instructions and when to administer.

To reduce the side effects it’s best to administer the medication with food. If it’s in tablet form, crush it then add to their food. Don’t give your dog dairy products while on this medication because that tends to reduce absorption into their system.

Dosage and Directions of Use

Any human medication must only be used with the approval of a vet. While your pet is on this medication, monitor them constantly to ensure they are improving and not getting worse. Doxy is a prescription medication and its use is not to be taken lightly.

Normally you will be told to administer 2-5 milligrams per pound of dog every 12 to 24-hours. If in tablet form, your vet will inform you on the exact amount of tablets to give. If in liquid form, a syringe may be used to enable you to get it down the dog’s throat. Doxycycline is given over a specified time period, even when the dog appears to be healthy or greatly improving. You must complete the medication completely for lasting and desired results.

Use of this medication, if your dog is pregnant or nursing or has a kidney disorder, is strictly prohibited and highly dangerous for them!

Possible Side Effects

Giving your dog a broad spectrum antibiotic can have some undesirable side effects including nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and diarrhea. If your dog develops any of these symptoms, don’t stop the medication but advise your vet immediately.

Liver damage is a very rare but real side effect. A good vet will notice it and immediately stop use of the medication.

Monitor your dog closely when they’re on this medication. This way you’ll notice if they’re developing side effects. If so, contact the vet ASAP to determine whether to stop the medication. An alternative solution may be provided in such a case.

Always give Doxycycline with food because it will greatly reduce possible side effects and other complications.

Important Antibiotic Info

Antibiotics will only be prescribed for your pet if their own immune system cannot fight off an infection. This specific medication will only be used to treat infections that other antibiotics cannot penetrate.

When the vet prescribes a medication like Doxycycline it will probably be for at least one week. Ensure that you give the entire prescription to your dog. Even when they appear to be happier and healthier, finish the course in full. By completing the prescribed amount, you will be ensuring that the infection is completely taken care of. This is very important because there is the possibility of a relapse.

Conclusion on Doxy

If your vet does decide that Doxycycline is the right course of action for your dog, they should give you exact and detailed directions in regards to dosage and duration. Never attempt to provide this powerful drug to your canine on your own as the consequence could be fatal.

Be sure to read up on all the possible side effects and know what to do if they occur. Most importantly your vet should advise you of the pros and cons of using Doxy and fully explain why they’ve chosen this as a treatment for your dog.

If you are concerned at any stage, ask any and all questions. Ensure that your dog receives the best possible care.

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Cam November, 2015

My dog was in a fight over a bone with my other dog. He unfortunately suffered a few bite wounds to his leg and upper back. Is it okay to give him doxycycline in this case? I’m worried that these will get abscessed but can’t really afford another $800+ vet bill. I have some 100mg tablets and he weighs 60 pounds. I’m just not sure how many days to give him 100mg for?

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Bernadette October, 2015

My 52 kilogram, 12 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback was diagnosed with Ehrlichia and treated with Doxycycline. The first day was an injection but day 2, 3 and 4 was in tablet form. He was incredibly nauseous and vomited on day 2. On day 3 and 4 we gave him 1.5 tablets in chicken. Day 3 he vomited again but on day 4 he vomited up at least 1 liter of blood that was full of big clots.

The vet is treating his ulcerated stomach but he’s only eating tiny bits of soft food out of my hand. We are now on day 8 and I’m injecting 5ml of Mildox daily. The vet says he has to have this for 21 days in total. I am trying to get him to eat and drink every hour. He is loosing body weight fast but we do see a slight improvement everyday. In your opinion, are we on the right path?

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Patricia September, 2015

My dog was diagnosed with Ehrlichia and was prescribed 2ml Doxycycline every morning for 28 days. But after 2 days, she seems energetic again and lively. Appetite is back to normal. She seems to be normal. The problem is she may be pregnant but the vet told me we needed to save the mother too. She warned me of a possible miscarriage if we let her drink this medicine. Should I stop giving it to her now since she seems normal already? By the way my dog is a Toy Poodle.

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Kate October, 2015

You must continue the Doxy for a month. Do not stop! All dogs feel better after a few days but the parasite is not eradicated for at least a month. After that you should have a blood test to be sure parasites are no longer in her blood. If she’s pregnant and has tick fever, it can be passed on to the puppies so they will have to be treated also.

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Donna August, 2015

My 62 pound Golden Retriever was diagnosed with heart worms but he shows no symptoms at all. The vet is treating her with Doxycycline, 500mg, once a day for 30 days. He says we will test in 3 months and possibility repeat the treatment once or twice more. Is this standard treatment? Previously, he was also found to have hook worms and ear infections. I just rescued this dog. At 6 years old he had never seen a vet, had a bath, been in a house or been trained in any way. He has thrown up the Doxycycline twice but am trying to make sure he takes it with food.

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Nicole November, 2015

Yes, this is normal, but you should also giving your dog at least a monthly heartworm preventative in conjunction with Doxy. They work together to eradicate heartworms, not just one or the other.

One of my rescue dogs had heartworms when I got her and she was pretty bad off. The vet wanted to do the fast kill by injecting with Immiticide), but I did my research on this and spoke with many rescues. I found out the fast kill usually does more harm than good. So I shopped around to many vets and was able to find one that would help me with treating my dog using the slow kill option. This is what you’re doing with Doxycycline and HeartGuard.

Sometimes they have you do the HeartGuard every two weeks instead of once a month, but make sure to speak with your vet. As a reference, my dog was 45 pounds when I got her, but severely underweight. She is now a healthy 80 pounds. I gave the HeartGuard every two weeks, but I can’t remember what the dosage was for the doxy. Also try to find something to give your dog to help his kidneys because as the worms die, his kidneys will be working overtime trying to detoxify. I recommend Kidney Rejuvenator by Amber Technologies. Good luck and hope this helps!

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Abha July, 2015

My dog was suffering from loss of appetite and she stopped drinking much, despite the hot tropical weather. She also developed tick fever. The vet prescribed 100mg Doxycycline, three times a day, for my 70 pound Lab. There were 3 weeks of improvement but she’s again listless, fatigued, and does not want to eat. Is there a non-antibiotic remedy?

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Matt July, 2015

It could be that the vet misdiagnosed the problem. Did your pal take all the doxycycline doses at the right times? Sometimes infections need a long and sustained attack and can survive if a dose was missed even once.

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