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 which will be covered here.

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

The important thing to understand about this antibiotic is that it stops the bacteria from growing, but does not kill the bacteria completely, because of this the animal’s immune system will need to fight it off.

Can I Give My Dog Doxycycline? Answer: Yes, with Vet Supervision

Vets often prescribe these broad spectrum antibiotic for dogs that have tick infections, prostate or urinary infections or upper respiratory problems. This antibiotic must only be used under strict guidance from your vet including dosage 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 the tablet and add to the food. Also don’t give your dog dairy products while on the medication because it will reduce the ability for it to absorb into the system.

Dosage and Directions of Use

Any human medication must only be used with the approval or supervision of your vet. While your pet is on medication, monitor them constantly to ensure they are improving and not getting worse. Doxy is a prescription medication, so don’t just give this drug to your pet if you have some left over and lying around the house.

Normally you will need to give two to five milligrams per pound of dog every twelve to twenty four hours. If in tablet form your vet will inform you on the exact amount of tablets to give. If in liquid form the vet may give you a syringe to enable you to get it down the dog’s throat.

When using antibiotics it is usually given as a course over a certain period, even when the dog appears to be healthy and improved part of the way through the course, you must complete the medication completely for desired results.

Remember that your vet will not allow you to use this medication if your dog has a kidney disorder or if she is pregnant or nursing.

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 side effect and your vet will notice it and stop administration of the medication.

Always monitor your dog closely when they’re on any medication, so you can quickly see if they’re developing any side effects. You can then contact the vet quickly and determine whether to stop using the medication or if there is another way you should administer. Also, always gives this medication with food because it reduces the possible side effects.

What You Need To Know About Antibiotics

Antibiotics will only be prescribed for your pet if their own immune system cannot fight off the infection. It is a last resort and this specific medication will only be used to treat infections that other antibiotics cannot penetrate.

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

Vet Precautions

If your vet does decide that Doxycycline is the right course of action for your dog, he should give you exact dosage and directions for administration.

Your vet should also advise you of the possible side effects and tell you what to do if they occur. Most importantly your vet should advise you of the benefits and negatives of this medication and explain why he has chosen this course of action.

If you are concerned at any stage, don’t be shy to ask questions. Your vet is there to ensure that your dog receives the best possible care, but it is up to you to ensure that your vet is doing everything he can for your pet and if you are concerned about any medication prescribed, you have a right to ask about it.

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Karen August 16, 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 OK because adoption and surgery cause stress Aka runny stool. I will give him his entire prescription unless the vet says otherwise.

Is it OK 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 possibly won’t cure and could hurt (in your personal opinion of general dog prescriptions)?

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Bethany Finley May 26, 2013

I have some 100mg Doxycyline. How much should I give my pit bull? He weighs 65lbs. He has a very bad skin problem. He 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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James June 19, 2013

Bethany can you please explain in more detail? Maybe someone can help you here.

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Mary May 24, 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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K July 6, 2014

Thank you for your site! 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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La Neva August 27, 2014

I have a shih tzu 5yrs, 12 lbs. A vet thinks he has a bladder or kidney infection. I have doxycycline 100mg. Will that be suitable for that problem? Thanks for any info.

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