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Is Clavamox safe for a pregnant bitch

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Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 8 years ago.
You can see in this list of medications that Clavamox is not considered safe in pregnancy for dogs
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=0&cat=1303&articleid=856
You can read in this sheet here
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Rx_Info_Sheets/rx_amoxicillin_clavulanate.pdf
that
"Amoxicillin crosses the placenta, and it is
advised not to use amoxicillin/clavulanate
in pregnant animals although no
detrimental results to fetuses have been
reported."
and this site also goes over clavamox info
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/amoxicillin-clavulanate-clavamox/page1.aspx
I'd get back with the vet who did the AI about medications.
Hope this helps you!
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
The incision site showed no signs of infection at all until day 14. (today is day 15) The nearby mammary gland is infected, and has abscessed through the incision. She was taken to the emerg vet and they prescribed the Clavamox. Where does the most risk to the fetus lie? through the infection or through taking the clavamox?
Expert:  NancyH replied 8 years ago.
If they were aware she is potentially pregnant with an important to you litter then I'd say they already decided the best choice for the dog and pups. As the above info says the antibiotic passes the placental barrier but no side effects have been noted in fetuses so I'd worry more about the infection if the vet who saw her prescribed the clavamox knowing she was pregnant.
With the infection the litter might be lost already - no way to know as yet - and the important thing may be keeping her well enough to breed again.
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