Your veterinarian may prescribe Doxycycline when your pet suffers from a susceptible infection including ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, salmon poisoning, toxoplasmosis and leptospirosis. Doxycycline is:
an antibiotic that is used to treat susceptible infections. Doxycycline is also commonly used to treat many tick-borne diseases such as ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, salmon poisoning, toxoplasmosis and leptospirosis. What are the benefits?
1.Broad-spectrum action;2.Highly effective in treating many diseases that are transmitted by ticks;3.Treatment can be given orally at home.
What outcomes can be expected?
Doxycylcine is absorbed well from the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and is carried to infected tissues via the blood stream. It decreases the reproduction of susceptible bacteria and will eventually eliminate them. Be sure to complete the entire course of antibiotic or symptoms can recur or worsen.
Who is it for: multiple species including dogs and cats.
How is it given?
1. Doxycycline is given orally. It is recommended to give it with food to minimize stomach upset.
2. Do not give with milk.
3. Make sure you give your pet a small amount of water or other liquid (about 1 teaspoon) after giving pills or capsules or there is a risk of esophageal damage.
4. Always finish the entire course of medication unless otherwise directed. Always speak with your veterinarian if you are unsure of how to use this medication properly.
How does it work? Doxycycline is related to other tetracyclines. It works by halting the production of proteins in susceptible bacteria that are necessary for growth. This will eventually result in death of the susceptible bacteria and the body’s immune system with eliminate the organism.
Doxycycline is available as: oral capsules and tablets.
Generic Name:Doxycycline(Common Drug Name)
Common Brand Name:Doxirobe
Dose and Administration:Give Doxycycline by mouth according to your veterinarian’s prescribed directions. Give medication with food and offer about a teaspoon of water or other liquid (not milk) after each dose or esophageal damage may occur. If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember but never double dose. Do not share this medication with other pets. Tell your veterinarian if you have questions regarding the proper use of Doxycycline.
Uses:Doxycycline is used to resolve susceptible bacteria and several diseases that are transmitted by ticks.
Storage:Store at room temperature in a place away from children, pets, and light.
Possible Side Effects: The most common side effects are vomiting, diarrhea, and inappetance. Blisters, pustules, and rashes are possible if your pet is exposed to the sun. Doxycycline can stain the teeth of immature animals. Additional bacterial and fungal infections are possible with prolonged use.
Some pets may be truly allergic to this medication. Call your veterinarian right away if your pet is acting unusual while taking Doxycycline.
Precautions:Do not use this medication in animals who are allergic to tetracycline.
Doxycycline should not be given to pregnant females in the first half of pregnancy and should only be used in the second half of pregnancy if the benefits outweigh the risks. It can slow fetal growth and cause yellowing of the teeth in unborn animals.
Drug and Food Interactions: Interactions are possible with Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate, warfarin, phenobarbital, and penicillins. Other interactions are possible. Always tell your veterinarian about other medications and supplements prior to giving Doxycycline to your pet.
A prescription from your veterinarian is required to purchase Doxycycline.