Hi, we have a 16 year old female XXXXX XXXXX dog. She is not on any medications. She has pancreatitis which we control with diet. During summer in particular, she does suffer from urinary incontinence, which we control with frequent toileting. She has no arthritis etc, and wanders around as she chooses.She however does have periodontitis and 2 teeth that need extracting. When we took her to the vet to have these extracted (12 months ago) she crashed under anaesthetic and they were unable to do the treatment. The vet has said he will not put her under anaesethic again, as the risk is to high that she will not survive. She was put on Clindamycin 25mg twice day for 10 days which worked wonders. Since then she has had a couple of courses, generally when she goes off her food etc.My question is how often can she have a course of Clindamycin, taking her age into account, obviously kidney, liver etc. Due to the teeth still being present, the cause is still there and once she finishes a courses the infection will start up again. I do not want her to end up with septicemia because I did not give her the antibiotics. I always have a course available (10 days) that the vet has given me, so she does not have to keep going back to the vet for the same problem which she hates. If I give it her 3 monthly, before the infection returns, would this be okay.Many thanks
Type of Animal: XXXX XXXXXXX Terrier
Name of Dog: Chloe
G'day from Melbourne, I am an experienced veterinarian and happy to help!
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Your poor dog and their teeth issues! I can understand their reluctance to give your dog and anaesthetic again though.
Given the age of your dog and their teeth issues it is fine to give your dog 'pulse' therapy of the Clindamycin every 3 months to stop her getting septicaemia.
I have some dogs in my practice that are of similar age to Chloe, with similar issues that I have continually on antibiotics to try and keep their teeth as healthy as possible. So if you did want to treat your dog with the Clindamycin on a more regular basis there is no problem in this either.
If you have a period where you are having trouble giving the tablets then there is an injection that your vet can give which is an antibiotic that lasts 2 weeks. I understand this will be a visit to the vet though that Chloe will hate!
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