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Doxycycline for Dogs

What is doxycycline for dogs?

Doxycycline is used in dogs for several different reasons; this medicine can be used to treat Chlamydia and Lyme disease in dogs. There are several types of bacterial infections that doxycycline can treat such as urinary tract infections; this medication may be classified as a wide ranging antibiotic since it has many different uses and can kill several different bacteria’s. Read below for more information on doxycycline that is provided by the several Experts.

What is the proper dosage for doxycycline a 6.5 pound dog?

In many cases the vet determines the dosage for medication by the weight of the dog; with that being said with doxycycline dose is normally 5 milligrams for every pound that the dog weighs. So for a dog that weighs 6.5 pounds the dose would be around 15 milligrams. The owner may want to give the dog water with or after the medication is given, the reasoning for this is to wash the pill down because doxycycline may cause irritation in the esophagus. This may happen if the pill is to get stuck in the dog’s esophagus while trying to make its way to the dog’s stomach.

Could 100 milligrams of doxycycline twice a day cause a dog to have stomach pains?

In some cases it has been found that doxycycline can be quite hard on a dog’s stomach, it may be that the dog’s stomach is upset from the medication. Often, it may be recommended that the dog eats before or after the medication is given; this could help with the breakdown of the pill so that the medication does not upset the dog’s stomach. There are a few things that are found in over the counter medications that may help settle a dog’s stomach; these medications can include pepcid a.c. which can be found in 10mg (milligrams) 20mg and 40mg capsules or tablets. This medication can usually be given around every 12 hours. The most likely recommend dose would be 0.5 milligrams for every pound the dog weighs. Prilosec is usually found in 10mg or 20mg and the dosage is the same as the pepcid a.c. with the only exception that this medication may only be given every 24 hours. One of the most common over the counter medications is pepto bismol, this can usually be given around every 8 hours; this is usually given 1ml (milliliter) to every pound the dog weighs.

Can a dog be given rimadyl and doxycycline at the same time?

In some cases, this may be safe to give rimadyl and doxycycline at the same time. Rimadyl is normally given as a pain medication; this medicine is a non-steroidal anti inflammatory drug (NSAID). This type of drug can usually help a dog that is suffering from arthritis and other joint pains. There may be some side effects which include vomiting and diarrhea. Now, as for the doxycycline this is an antibiotic which is used to help treat many kinds of bacterial infections such as respiratory disease or tick borne diseases. Doxycycline usually has the same side effects as rimadyl, but normally these can be prevented if taken with a small meal.

If a dog that was on doxycycline for ehrlichiosis has gotten better is it possible for the dog to have ehrlichiosis again?

In some cases it may be unlikely that the same infection would return, but rather a new infection has entered the dog’s body. Most likely the best way for an owner to find out if their dog has ehrlichiosis again or if this is the same infection from before would be to take the dog to the vet and have blood work done.

When a dog owner is dealing with a sick dog, this situation can be quite overwhelming, stressful, and scary. Many owners do not know the side effects of doxycycline, or even why their dog is taking doxycycline. Most people do not know that doxycycline can treat many different infections and fight off several different bacteria’s. If you find that you still need more information on doxycycline for dogs you can contact the thousands of Experts for fast and reliable answers.

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