Cefpodoxima for dogs is a cephalosporin antibiotic. It is classified as a broad-spectrum antibiotic, meaning that it is used effectively to treat a wide variety of infections. The main advantage of this drug over penicillin-based drugs for dogs is the variety of bacteria against which it is effective.
One use of cefpodoxima for dogs is in urinary tract infections. As in humans, this infection occurs when bacteria enter the urinary tract and grow. Symptoms include frequent urination, difficulty urinating, urinating at home in fallen dogs, and lethargy. Any dog that presents with these symptoms should be evaluated by a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Infected wounds are common in dogs, which can fight or be accidentally injured while exploring outdoors. Symptoms of infection include redness, swelling, and secretion of the wound. These infections can be treated with cefpodoxima, which is especially effective against common skin bacteria Staphylococcus and Streptococcus.
Pneumonia, which can be caused by bacteria, viruses or fungi, is also treated with cefpodoxima for dogs. Symptoms include fever, cough, and rapid breathing, and are most commonly found in puppies and large dogs. Cefpodoxima is only effective against cases of bacterial pneumonia.
The side effects of cefpodoxima for dogs are not usually severe. Some dogs may suffer from diarrhea and loss of appetite. An allergic reaction can occur in some dogs, especially those who have reacted to penicillin. A dog that vomits after receiving this medication is sensitive to it and should be prescribed a different antibiotic. Pregnant or lactating dogs may not be able to take this medication safely.
The typical dose of cefpodoxima for dogs is 2.3 to 4.5 milligrams per pound of dog weight. One pill is given every 24 hours; Generally, treatment should be continued for the prescribed time. The dog may look better after a few days of antibiotics, but the infection may return and may even be more resistant to treatment if the medication is stopped prematurely.
It can be difficult to give oral medications to a dog. When giving pills, it can be helpful to form a ball of food, such as bread or wet dog food, and hide the pill in the middle. If the dog is not eating the food or spitting out the pill, it may be necessary for the owner to open the dog’s mouth and insert the pill as far as possible into the tongue. Since manually inserting a pill into a dog’s mouth can end up in a bite, there are special devices available to throw the pill into the dog’s mouth.