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My dog has a bladder infection. She is 60 pounds. I have

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My dog has a bladder infection. She is 60 pounds. I have both amoxicillin and amox/clav that were prescribed to me by my doctor. Is it safe to give one of those to her. 6.25mg per pound every 12 hours for 5 days correct? Is one better than the other?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. There are all sorts of infestations your dog can pick up. I'll have you talk to the Veterinarian who'll sort out what is wrong and help you decide what to do about it. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Bella
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Customer: No
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Amoxicillin/clavulanate is a better broad spectrum antibacterial. It's dosed at 6.25 mg/lb twice daily for 10-14 days of the amoxicillin component of that antibiotic. The urine is then checked by urinalysis or bacterial culture and sensitivity two days after the course of antibiotic is completed to see if the urinary tract has been sterilized. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

The drugs in the human amoxicillin/clavulanate are the same as in the dog amoxicillin/clavulate. The ratio of the two drugs varies, however; hence, the need to dose as per the amoxicillin component. It can be given with or without food, crushed or not.

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