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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My vet is closed until Monday. We just noticed a skin sore

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My vet is closed until Monday. We just noticed a skin sore on our dogs leg. He is 100lb German Shepard. I have penicillin vk 500mg on hand. Could I start giving him these until I can get him into the vet to stop infection?
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.
While it's not the best choice for skin infection, it won't be harmful when dosed at 4.5 mg/lb thrice daily. Any adverse effects (anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, e.g.) aren't usually serious and have a relatively low frequency of occurrence. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin