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Clavamox for Dogs

Clavamox is commonly used for dogs that have anywhere from a mild to severe bacterial infection. Has your dog been prescribed clavamox? Do you need to know the proper dosage or is it not working and you need an alternative? When your dog is sick often it is essential to get questions answered. Read below where Experts have answered dog owner’s questions regarding Clavamox.

What is Clavamox?

Clavamox is one out of many trade names for the antibiotic containing amoxicillin trihydrate, beta-lactam antibiotic, and potassium clavulanate (beta-lactamase inhibitor). It is used to treat bacterial infections. This combination results in an antibiotic that has an increased spectrum of action along with restored efficacy against bacteria that produce beta-lactamase that is amoxicillin resistant.

What are the side effects a dog may experience with clavamox?

Clavamox can have adverse effects on dogs. These include:

  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • nausea
  • thrush
  • skin rash

Antibiotic associated diarrhea caused by clostridium difficile infection can lead to pseudomembranous colitis. This can happen during or after the use of Clavamox (amoxicillin/clavulanic acid). Cholestatic hepatitis has also been associated with use of the medication. Typically, it occurs several weeks following treatment and often takes weeks to resolve.

What is the correct dosage of clavamox 62.5mg for a 13lb dog?

Clavamox dosage for dogs may vary depending on the body weight of the dog. This drug does have a safe range for dosing. For a dog that weighs 13 pounds typically the dosage of clavamox 63.5mg would be 1-1.5 tablets a day two times a day.

What are the possible side effects or dangers of having your dog take clavamox, tramadol and Metecam all at once?

Individually each medication can have minor effects on the body. They each act different in the body and there are no known interaction effects when used at the same time except perhaps an upset stomach. Each drug and effects are as follows:

  • Clavamox: likely no interaction with other medications, stomach upset may be seen.
  • Tramadol: predominantly a safe drug, nothing more than a mild sedation as a side effect.
  • Metacam: similar to ibuprofen used in humans, stomach upset may be seen and may affect the kidneys.

It is common practice to have routine blood work performed on dogs that are on long courses of Clavamox to ensure there is no change in organ values.

What can be done for a dog on clavamox that is constipated?

In some cases, individual may try giving their dog milk to help with the constipation; the basis for this is that many dogs are lactose intolerant which means that the milk may act as a laxative. Laxatives are commonly used to help pass a bowel movement. There also is an item called laxatone it is a hairball product; this product normally has petroleum in it which may allow the dog to have an easier time passing a bowel movement.

If clavamox was used for nine days, which antibiotic Baytril or convenia would have fewer side effects?

Antibiotics are hard on the stomach as they kill both good and bad bacteria. If Clavamox was used for nine days, it is likely that another antibiotic would not be needed. However, if there is a risk of infection or Clavamox has not improved the conditions then Baytril or Convenia may be used.

Clavamox can be a useful antibiotic for different types of bacterial infections. Sometimes it may be difficult to know what is wrong with our dogs when they get sick, as the signs are not as clear as they could be with a human. Knowing Experts are available to give you answers in a timely manner can ease your worries. Verified Experts are available 24/7 to answer all your questions and concerns.


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