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Cephalexin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic used for various types of bacterial infections including those of the upper respiratory tract, urinary tract and even the skin and bones.
You’ll be happy to hear the drug AKA Cefalexin, when given correctly, is fairly safe for dogs.
Vets prescribe Cephalexin and there are typically few serious side effects.
Nevertheless, this antibiotic must be used responsibly. You need to be sure it is appropriate for your dog’s situation.
Despite Cephalexin’s good safety record, administering a leftover supply is a bad idea.
With Vet Approval, Your Dog Can Take Cephalexin
Get a prescription with detailed instructions. Any animal with an infection requires a diagnosis for safe and effective treatment.
Play it safe. Take your dog to a trusted veterinarian.
While Cephalexin works, and is usually well-tolerated, there may be a more suitable antibiotic. It really depends on your pet’s prognosis.
Key Considerations For K9s
You have to take into account medical history before giving your dog Cephalexin, or Amoxicillin or any other antibiotic.
Does your dog suffer from any of the following conditions:
- Kidney failure
- Allergies to certain medications
If so, that is all the more reason to get professional help!
Warning: Pregnant or nursing dogs are at especially high risk to side effects from taking antibiotics.
Some Dog Dosing Guidelines
A Cephalexin dose typically ranges from 10mg or 15mg for every pound of body weight given every 8-12 hours.
One tip that applies to all antibiotics is that you must be consistent with dosing as well as timing. Failure to do so will greatly reduce the medication’s effectiveness.
Cephalexin should usually be provided with food. Otherwise, your dog may experience diarrhea or vomiting or nausea.
And always remember that while Cefalexin is pretty safe, there are side effects associated with this drug AKA Biocef, Keflex and Keftab.
Known Cephalexin Side Effects
Of course, all antibiotics have potential to cause complications.
Dogs can suffer many of the same side effects that humans do. These include nausea, stomach cramps and dehydration.
Other negative signs specific to canines may appear as:
- Panting (shortness of breath)
- Swelling of the face or mouth area
- Excessive drooling
- Bloody stools
There is actually less conclusive data on the effects of Cephalexin as it applies to pets. You should assume there is relatively more risk!
Caution: It is been suggested many older dogs do not take so well to antibiotics.
The Bottom Line
Only give your dog Cephalexin at the direction of your vet.
Getting a diagnosis will form the basis for a full recovery.
Do not go it alone. Yet learn as much as possible about this antibiotic in order to intelligently discuss treatment options.
Last but not least, keep any personal supply of Cephalexin well out of your dog’s reach.