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Hello, I'm Dr. Deb.
Unfortunately, my state board prohibits phone conversations but if this format is acceptable to you, I can answer your question. Is this format acceptable for you?
If so, what milligram size of Augmentin do you have?
How long has Piper's face been swollen?
I'm so terribly sorry that I was off my computer when you responded back.
Unfortunately, I didn't receive any photo but I'd appreciate it you'd try again. The following link walks you through the process:
If you're online and receive this email, please give me a few minutes to calculate the dose for Piper. Thanks, Deb
To answer your question about Augmentin, the dose for a 25 kg dog would be 1/2 of a 875 mg tablet twice a day, to be given with food to avoid stomach upset.
Most dogs tolerate this antibiotic just fine although gi upset can be seen for some; giving it with food often decreases the likelihood of any adverse reaction.
It's certainly possible that Piper has an infection in which case, Augmentin is a reasonable antibiotic choice since it has a decent spectrum of activity. It's also possible that she has an anaphylactic reaction to something such as a spider bite or insect sting. If you think this might be a possibility, then Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) can be given with the dose 50 mg twice a day. Sedation can be seen as a side effect, though, so I wouldn't want you to think she was worsening if she does become somewhat drowsy.
I'll await the picture if you're successful in resending it and modify my response, if necessary. Deb
Thanks for your perseverance since it came through just fine.
I would agree that this looks more consistent with an infection than an anaphylactic reaction but to cover both possibilities, I might give both Benadryl as well as Augmentin. There won't be any harm in doing so.
I typically treat infections for 7-10 days but if you only have 6 tablets, then you'll only have enough for 3 days. This may not be quite enough but I'd still give what you have.
Unfortunately, since I don't have a client/doctor relationship with her (I can't physically examine her in other words), I won't be able to do this. It would be illegal for me to do so:( But, perhaps you could persuade your vet to do it. Deb
Good; I'm glad to hear it:)