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My Mothers cat Ginger is currently on Clavulox Palatable

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My Mother's cat 'Ginger' is currently on Clavulox Palatable Drops
Labelled strength: 50mg per 1mL Amoxycillin + 12.5mg per 1mL Clavulanic Acid
(= OR 250mg Amoxycillin per 5mLs + 62.5mg Clavulanic Acid per 5mLs)

NB: Ginger weighs 3.4kg & the recommended dose for his weight = 0.68mLs (however Vet has prescribed DOUBLE this dose = 1.36mLs (which is too much liquid for him to easily accept twice daily at present).

Q: Would a more concentrated dosed (human targeted) Amoxycillin + Clavulanic Acid be ok to give Ginger?
eg: such as Augmentin Duo Syrup which comes in the following strength
400mg Amoxycillin + 57mg Clavulanic Acid (weaker Clav Acid?)

Q: Unsure if the 57mg Vs 62.5mg weaker dose of Clavulanic Acid would make a difference, especially considering the new volume / quantity of liquid would need to be reduced (presumably to 0.85mLs instead of 1.36mLs of Clavulox)
(worked out as follows: 250 divided by 400mg = 0.625 x 1.36mLs = 0.85mLs)

Q: Would 0.85mLs of Augmentin be correct dose for 3.4Kg cat who's been prescribed double dose of Clavulox for big infection of gums/chin?

Q: If Augmentin Duo syrup 400/57 per 5mLs not suitable, could you suggest a better suited LIQUID antibiotic that is stronger than the Clavulox drops 250/62.5 per 5mLs we have?

Thanks very much! Warm regards Linda.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Z. replied 1 year ago.
Hello Linda and thanks for trusting me to help you and Ginger today. I am sorry you have had to wait for a expert to reply to you. I just logged on and saw your post.I am a veterinarian with over 25 years experience and would be happy work with you.

Please give me a few minutes to re-read your questions and type a thorough response and then you can reply further if you still have questions.

Dr Z
Customer: replied 1 year ago.


Thanks Doc

Expert:  Dr. Z. replied 1 year ago.
In answer to your post, Clavulox is usually dosed at 10-22 mg/kg and it is based on the Amoxicillin component. So, for a cat weighing 3.4 kg that would equal 34-75 mg which would be approximately 0.68 to 1.5 ml twice a day of the liquid suspension that you have. The dosage is usually based on what is being treated, but I would tend to go on the higher end as your vet has chosen to recommend. The problem with Clavulox is that it gives many cats diarrhea or vomiting as a side effect, especially after it is used for a few days. As you can see, it is also harder to give a larger volume of liquid to a cat. (I personally think anything over 0.2 to 0.4 ml is hard to give a cat, especially after they catch on.)

There would be absolutely no problem with giving a more concentrated suspension so that less volume can be given. The Augmentin Duo would be fine to give and at 400 mg of amoxicillin per 5 ml, that equals 80 mg/ml. So based on that, I would give approximately .6 to .9 ml twice day. The lower clavulanic acid component should not have a big effect in most cases. There are some vets however who feel that the veterinary formula (with the higher clavulanic acid works better). I think it would be worth trying and monitoring response to treatment. If not getting a good response, you could ask your vet to prescribe the antibiotic called cephalexin which also is available as a liquid. In my hands, skin infections tend to respond better to this and we see less diarrhea.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Thanks very much Doc, I really appreciate your thorough response!!! Some positive feedback is coming your way. :-))

Expert:  Dr. Z. replied 1 year ago.
You are very welcome. I hope Ginger is better soon!

Is Ginger really a ginger colored cat? They are my favorite!
Expert:  Dr. Z. replied 1 year ago.
Thank you kindly for the positive rating. It is truly appreciated.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

He sure is Ginger! ...and thanks to your reassuring advise, I had the courage to contact the prescribing Vet & ask for a script for Augmentin (which he was happy to do), which will make Ginger's life a lot easier with the volume of meds required + lighten the already heavy burden on my Mother's wallet (which was overstretched on an aged pension through Vet bills as it was). Thanks again!!!

Expert:  Dr. Z. replied 1 year ago.
Great!

If you do note diarrhea, you can consider adding some probiotics to help. I like the Purina brand called Fortiflora LINK HERE but I am not sure of it's availability in Australia. If not available there, I am sure they can recommend something similar.

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