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I have a small 10 lb dog who has periodontal disease.he has

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I have a small 10 lb dog who has periodontal disease.he has to get hie teeth cleaned every 6 months.last time was in April.i brush every day my question is can I give him amoxicillin.my vet don't give any cause he says won't do any good
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Bo and he's probably around 8 I got him from humane society
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Bo?
Customer: Not to my knowing.i just took him and he did give some pain pills for few days his front teeth I think was hurting and he cleaned hair ball from
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 months ago.

I am sorry to hear about Bo having periodontal disease. Usually periodontal disease is not a bacterial infection, so amoxicillin helps little, if at all.

Your amoxicillin is probably way too strong for a 10 pound dog; normally he would take 50 mg twice daily. More that that could cause vomiting, and diarrhea.

It would probably be more helpful to rinse his mouth with an approved product for dogs, or to add a water additive to his water. This is a list of veterinarian approved, clinically tested products:

http://www.vohc.org/VOHCAcceptedProductsTable_Dogs.pdf