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I have a pug with a liver shunt who needs antibiotics

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I have a pug with a liver shunt who needs antibiotics sometimes for uti he is showing symptoms and i would like to give him some pennicillin that I have. I would like to know the dosage. the tablets are 500 mg, he weights 14 lbs. the tablets are easy to split.
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Customer: he was diagnosed a year ago. we manage him with diet, when he has symptoms they include, licking, glazed look, restlessness. if we nip it in the bud... he is ok. if we do not, he becomes very lathargic.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.

Hello, I'm Dr. Bob. I'm sorry to read of your pug's condition(s). Do you know if the type of penicillin you have is "penicillin V"?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Pen VK... Thank you for your response.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.

Hello again. you are encouraged to ask questions relevant to your original question until you're sure you understand completely. The dose for penicillin is 10 mg/kg given three times daily for 7 to 10 days. At 14 pounds, he weighs about 6 kg. so the dose would be 60 mg per dose (roughly 1/8 of a 500 mg tablet. That said, penicillin would not be my first choice of antibiotics, however, and the advent of highly resistant bacteria makes the choice of antibiotics especially important these days.

The best thing for your dog would be to get him to your veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and prescription. This would be the case in an otherwise normal dog, but in a dog with a shunt like your dog has, it's especially important to be careful.

If you should have any more questions, please let me know.

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