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Can cats take Cipro or Keflex and if so, what is the recommended

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Can cats take Cipro or Keflex? and if so, what is the recommended dosage, etc.?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 3 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

Can you tell me the signs of illness?
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
fevers are starting, diarrhea, lethargic, loss of appetite, mucous, runny noses
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 3 years ago.
Hi there,

Cipro is not a great drug to use due to eye (retina) problems in cats.

Keflex can be used, 30mg/kg every 12 hours.

 

I hope this information helps!

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
ok, thanks! I have it in capsule form (500mg tablets) Would you recommend diluting into water, etc., then giving it orally by oral med syringe? or would there be a better option using the capsules?
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 3 years ago.
Hi there,

It would be better to get the suspension (liquid formulation) from the veterinarian as it will be very hard to get an accurate dose with dilution.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
our vet retired here about 6 months ago. I live on a ranch in western South Dakota, so the nearest vet is about 1 1/2 hours away, and the earliest I can go there would be Monday, I'm sure my cats will be dead by then. Is there any direction you could give me to at minimum, get them by by dillution until Monday when I can get something from a vet? thanks so much for your help!!!
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 3 years ago.
Hi there,

If needed - you can break the capsule open into a specific amount of water.

For example - if you dilted 500mg into 5ml of water it would be 100mg/ml.

The dose above is 30mg/kg.

If a 5kg cat needs 30mg/kg, it is 150mg.

You would then need to give 1.5ml of the solution above.
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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
thank you so much!!!! it might be easier for them to want to drink milk, would that be ok instead?
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 3 years ago.
Water would be better than milk with medication efficacy.
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