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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My yorkie, 8lbs, has a UTI. I realize that we should not

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Hi. My yorkie, 8lbs, has a UTI. I realize that we should not treat animals with human antibiotics....yadda, yadda....I'm in a pinch and out of town. My dog has no known allergies, female, 4 years old. I have augmentin 875mg, penicillin 500 mg, clindamycin 150mg, keflex 500 mg, all on hand. Looking for appropriate safe antibiotic and dosage, please.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Shotzie
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Southie?
Customer: No. I had other yorkies and are aware of the symptoms. I'm going to try to get her to the vet Friday but with the holiday, not sure of their availability. If it's not a bladder infection, that's fine...I'm not concerned an antibiotic will hurt her anyway...(unless she's allergic) harm either way...
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

We use the same antibiotics in dogs and cats as humans take. Augmentin is a good presumptive choice for a UTI. It's going to be tricky dosing it down for an 8 lb dog, however, because the recommended dose is 6 mg/lb twice daily - practically speaking, 50 mg twice daily (1/20th of your 875 mg Augmentin twice daily) for 10-14 days. Keflex is a good choice as well at a dose of 10 mg/lb twice daily for 10-14 days (practically speaking, 1/5 of your 500 mg Keflex twice daily). Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin