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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La Neva August, 2014

I have a Shih Tzu 5 years old and 12 pounds. A vet thinks he has a bladder or kidney infection. I have Doxycycline 100mg. Will that be suitable for that problem?

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Skye November, 2015

Your vet will give you a prescription for the correct amount of the correct antibiotic. 100mg of Doxy is too much for a 12 pound dog. Most doses are between 2-5mg per pound of weight but it depends on why the animal is on antibiotics and for how long. Don’t medicate without consulting your vet!

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K July, 2014

My 55 pound Coonhound-mix was prescribed 200mg of Doxycycline per day. I know that Doxy is serious medicine but he is very agitated and has a history of panicking during thunderstorms. He will take some food and he hasn’t vomited but I’m worried the stress will make him sicker. He has been taken outside much more than usual, but we have avoided the sun. We’re also avoiding dairy. The vet was not helpful, any advice?

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Ron January, 2015

My 125 pound German Shepherd had the worst case of thunderstorm phobia that I have ever seen. One of the best things that worked for him was 10mg of Melatonin 1/2 an hour before storms arrived. His whole phobia kit included Rescue Remedy, Benadryl, a Thundershirt, closing the blinds and turning all the lights on so that the flashes weren’t so bright and turning up the TV to overwhelm the noise. He was also fine if he could either get under the bed or between the couch and the wall with me sitting on it.

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Sharon February, 2015

I’ve never heard of using melatonin for a thunderstorm phobia. Benadryl doesn’t work on my Shih Tzu. I was given Acepromazine (Ace) but don’t like how it works. My vet never mentioned a storm remedy. How did all this work for your pup, especially the Melatonin? Thanks

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Ron February, 2015

Here is a PDF with a lot of helpful info on dealing with thunderstorm phobia:

The melatonin worked for Shaemus if I gave it to him well before the thunderstorms arrived. They just didn’t seem to bother him as badly. The Benadryl was just to make him drowsy as opposed to anxious. Usually just Melatonin and being in his safe spot was enough to get him calmed down.

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Mary May, 2014

My dog has been diagnosed with tick fever and was prescribed Doxycycline, 2 tablets a day for one month. Should I give her some Probiotic tablets as well?

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Ron February, 2015

The Doxycycline will kill both the good and bad gut flora, so giving them a probiotic during a round of antibiotic would be of no benefit. I would definitely give them a live culture yogurt with extra probiotic added once the round of antibiotic was over.

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Karen November, 2015

Consider goats’ milk or in the kefir form instead

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Bethany Finley May, 2013

I have some 100mg Doxycyline. How much should I give my Pitbull? He weighs 65 pounds. He has a very bad skin problem and also bites himself so bad that he bleeds. I have also given him Amoxicillin but that didn’t clear it. Will these pills help?

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Karen November, 2014

Bactrim is better for skin infections. Use it under strict vet instructions. A rule of thumb on most antibiotics is 5mg for every pound so I would say 55mg, 2x per day. I am not a vet nor do I have training in this area. I have just had dogs for more than 30 years and I’m experienced in caring for my own pets. You should go to a vet for a prescription. I would love to hear what the vet says.

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DorrieL February, 2015

Ask your doctor about Benadryl and the appropriate dose. Dogs can take more antihistamine than we can.

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Ron H February, 2015

I came across this paper from the Walker Valley Veterinary Hospital regarding OTC meds and dosages. I have it printed out and stuck to the side of my refrigerator for quick reference.

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Karen August, 2012

My Chi is prescribed a quarter 25mg tablet twice a day for a respiratory infection. He was also neutered yesterday by the shelter. Now he has loose green stool. He missed a dose after surgery and started gaining stool consistency until I fed him Doxy again. The vet said this is okay because adoption and surgery cause stress Aka runny stool. I will give him his entire prescription unless the vet says otherwise.

Is it okay to stop giving my dog Doxy? His stool is very watery, green or yellow. Will this loose stool last until the script is done? Is it really worth giving my pet something that won’t cure and could hurt?

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