Doxycycline For Dogs: Uses, Dosage, And Side Effects

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Doxycycline is an antibiotic that can be used to treat bacterial infections in dogs. It is a broad-spectrum antibiotic, which means it can be used to fight multiple types of bacteria. Doxycycline is often prescribed for dogs to treat tick borne diseases like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis. It can also treat infections of E. coli, urinary tract infections, and chlamydia along with many other canine bacterial infections. If your veterinarian has prescribed doxycycline for your dog, it is important that you follow their guidelines carefully and give your dog the medication for the full regimen that your vet advises. If you notice side effects, inform your veterinarian so they can create a treatment plan and make your dog more comfortable. Here is what you should know about the uses, dosage, and side effects of doxycycline for dogs.

Uses Of Doxycycline For Dogs

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As a broad-spectrum antibiotic, doxycycline can treat infections from many different kinds of bacteria in dogs, though it is not effective for treating viral or fungal infections. It may be prescribed as a preventative measure while treating one infection to prevent a secondary bacterial infection from occurring. Your veterinarian may also prescribe doxycycline to treat one of the following conditions in your dog.

  • Lyme disease
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Chlamydia
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Respiratory infections
  • Infected wounds
  • Leptospirosis
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Mycoplasma
  • Psittacosis
  • Other blood-borne or bacterial infections

Dosage Of Doxycycline For Dogs

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The common dosage of doxycycline for dogs is 2 mg to 5 mg per pound of body weight given every 12 to 24 hours. This depends on which type of infection is being treated, and your veterinarian may vary the dosage depending on your dog’s specific needs. Doxycycline is usually given as a long-term treatment, and it is important to continue to give your dog the medication until your veterinarian advises you otherwise, even if symptoms improve.

It isn’t necessary to give doxycycline to your dog with food, though doing so may reduce some side effects such as nausea. Your dog should have plenty of fresh water available at all times for the duration of the doxycycline regimen. It is best to stick to a schedule and give your dog the medication at the same time every day.

Side Effects Of Doxycycline In Dogs

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Side effects of doxycycline in dogs are fairly rare. Most adult dogs tolerate the drug well. The side effects that are seen most commonly in dogs include nausea, vomiting, or difficulty swallowing or breathing. Nausea can be reduced if the medication is given to the dog with food. Swallowing or breathing problems can be reduced by following the tablet up with a small amount of water. If gastrointestinal problems become severe, you should contact your veterinarian, as this can be a sign of doxycycline overdose.

Doxycycline can cause limb deformities in puppies that are still in the womb, which is also risky for pregnant mother dogs. Sometimes a veterinarian will decide that the risks are outweighed by the benefits of the antibiotic. Doxycycline can also interact poorly with other drugs, so make sure your vet is aware of any other medications your pet is taking. As with almost all medications, there is a risk of allergic reaction that can lead to anaphylaxis. If you see signs of an allergic reaction, contact your veterinarian immediately.

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