You may not know about clavamox, but it is a combination of the most familiar amoxicillin with clavulanic acid. Once you heard word amoxicillin you know that it’s an antibiotic which react against bacterial infections. This clavamox is considered as a broad spectrum antibiotic due to the presence of clavulanic acid.
Do you know the meaning behind broad spectrum? It means particular antibiotic can be used to treat against many bacterial infections rather than a particular fixed or stated bacteria. It’s available forms are chewable tablets, clavamox drops available with 15 ml bottles or as regular tablets. Clavamox requires a prescription from your veterinary surgeon as they are not for the humans but for the domesticated animals like cats and dogs who are suffering from bacterial infections. Drug has been clinically proven to fight off several strains including Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, and E. coli, along with other strains of aerobic and anaerobic activity.
Clavamox have several benefits for the pet as follows. External skin and soft tissue exposures like wounds, cellulitis, and abscesses will not further spread and also it has anti inflammation properties which will be effective for first time skin diseases of kittens and puppies. Not only that, but also it is generally recognized as a safe antibacterial agent. Clavamox 250 mg is also prescribed sometimes to treat some respiratory, periodontal, ear infections.
But make sure that you need to consult the veterinary surgeon with the dog or cat who is sick. You should not just give this drug based on your logical thinking or perspective.
As it contains a semisynthetic penicillin and has the potential for producing allergic reactions. It will harm your dog or cat by having some unexpected harmful effects or disabilities after consuming the drug. For a example it may experience diarrhea which last for more than three days or it may suffer from allergic reactions like short of breath, swelling of face, lips, tongue, hives, fainting or any kind of rash.
Let’s look at the science behind the clavamox acting as a broad spectrum antibiotic. As you already know clavamox is having clavulanic acid and amoxicillin. The unique beta-lactamase inhibiting effect of clavulanic acid makes this product effective against beta-lactamase and non-beta-lactamase producing organisms and surrender them by antagonistic effect. It has an Activity against many Gram-positive and Gram-negative aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. Penicillin kills bacteria by avoiding them from building a proper cell wall while they grow. It accomplishes this by inhibiting the linking of peptidoglycan chains that are a major component in both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria’s cell walls. Amoxicillin also has better absorption than another predecessor, Ampicillin.
When you come across with a sickness of your pet with a bacterial disease, the doctor might prescribe this drug, but make sure to tell your veterinary surgeon if your pet has an allergic reaction to another penicillin or if your pet has any liver or kidney disease. Most importantly tell your veterinary surgeon if your pet is pregnant or lactating or if your pet could become pregnant during treatment to minimize any torture to your pet unless it will be harmful to your pet.
Clavamox can be used to treat many different types of bacterial infections such as respiratory, ear, urinary tract, and skin due to its broad spectrum ability. Give all of the Clavamox that is prescribed for your pet. Symptoms may improve before the infection is completely treated.
Clavamox can be use to treat Periodontal infections due to susceptible strains of both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria for dogs while for the cats, urinary tract infections (cystitis) due to susceptible strains of Escherichia coli. . If no response is seen after 5 days of treatment, therapy should be discontinued and the case reevaluated.
Although clavamox is a safe antibiotic agent it could have some potential negative minor effects on your pet as follows. Allergic reactions, mild diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or yeast or fungal infection may be more likely to occur. If an allergic reaction occurs, administer epinephrine and/or steroids.
The recommended dosage of this drug based on whether the pet is a dog or a cat. Medication should be given as exactly as directed by your veterinary surgeon. Clavamox should be given with food. Keep water available for your pet. Continue to give Clavamox and notify your veterinarian if the above symptoms occur. Discuss with your veterinary surgeon about any side effect that seems unusual to your pet as soon as possible after stopping the regular dose of clavamox.
If there is any overdosing incidents, seek emergency treatment. Symptoms of Clavamox overdose might include nausea, vomiting, rash, drowsiness, hyperactivity, or kidney problems. If there is any miss of giving dosages, never give a double dose unless prescribed by the doctor.
Make sure to notice the veterinary doctor, if your pet is being given another antibiotic (for the same or a different infection), allopurinol or probenecid or counter medicines, including vitamins, herbal products. Clavamox may react with following mentioned drugs like Antacids, Other forms of penicillin, Erythromycin, Tetracycline, Chloramphenicol. You may not be able to give Clavamox or you may need to have the dosage adjusted. Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Clavamox.
During treatment with Clavamox, there are no any restrictions on food or activity if the veterinary told not to do so. This drug needs to Store in a dry, cool place at temperatures not above 25°C (77°F).Do not remove from foil strip until ready to use. So make sure to read this article prior to giving any antibiotic to your pets as they are so precious to you and we need to take good care of them.