medicationWhy has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Antibiotics (or antibacterials) are used to treat bacterial infections. Different antibiotics are used to treat different infections. It is very important to make sure you give your pet the whole treatment course as prescribed by your veterinarian. If the complete course is not given, the bacteria that cause infections may become resistant to the antibiotics and may not be effective if your pet gets another infection.

How do I give this medication?

- Give this medication to your pet as directed by your veterinarian. READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY.

- Some antibiotics exist as a long-acting form that provides treatment for 14 days. Your veterinarian will administer this medicine to your pet by injection.

- If using the liquid form of this medication, shake well before measuring the dose and measure the dose with reasonable care.

- Some antibiotics may be given with food others should be given on an empty stomach. Your veterinarian will advise you.

- Give this medication for as long as prescribed by your veterinarian, even if it appears the pet is feeling better. This will help to ensure the infection is completely cleared up.

- DO NOT give the pet more medicine than directed and DO NOT give the medicine more often than directed.

- Try not to miss giving any doses.

- Some antibiotics may cause an allergic reaction in humans handling the medication. Tell your veterinarian if you are allergic to antibiotics such as penicillins or cephalosporins. Wash your hands after handling the medication.

What if I miss giving a dose?

- Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give the pet two doses at once.

How do I store this medicine?

Keep this medicine out of reach of children. Do not store this medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or in damp places. The medicine may break down if exposed to heat or moisture. Store capsules and tablets in a cool, dry place at room temperature. Store away from heat and direct sunlight. The liquid medication should preferably be stored in the refrigerator. Keep the liquid medicine from freezing. Discard any unused liquid after a certain period as given on the product information.

Potential side effects

- Some antibiotics may cause stomach upset, vomiting, loss of appetite and diarrhoea. These symptoms may go away during treatment. If these symptoms continue, contact your veterinarian.

- Rarely, some antibiotics may cause an allergic reaction such as irregular breathing, rash, fever, puffiness and swelling around the face. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian immediately.

- Tell your veterinarian if you think your pet is pregnant.

- Other side effects may occur.  If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.

Possible drug interactions

- Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving your pet.

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