Clindamycin is used in the treatment of soft tissue infections,
dental infections and bone infections caused by susceptible strains
of bacteria. It is available as 150mg capsules and as drops containing
25mg/1ml. The drops should be stored at room temperature. The usual
dose in dogs is 2.5-5mg/pound by mouth every 12 hours. The usual
dose in cats is 5-10mg/pound by mouth once a day.
Antirobe (Pharmacia and Upjohn), Antirobe Aquadrops (Pharmacia and
Upjohn), Cleocin (Pharmacia)
What is this medication used for
Clindamycin is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections
caused by susceptible organisms. It is most often used to treat
deep wounds, bone infections, abscesses and infections of the mouth.
Clindamycin is a prescription medication available as capsules and
How this medicine should be used
Clindamycin is FDA approved for use in dogs only; however, it is
a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use clindamycin
in cats. The usual dose for dogs is 2.5mg-5mg/pound every 12 hours.
The usual dose for cats is 5-10mg/pound every 24 hours. The actual
length of treatment depends on the specific condition and the response
What are the side effects
The side effects of clindamycin may include vomiting and diarrhea.
What special precautions are there
This medication should not be used in animals allergic to it or
lincomycin. Use with caution when given with neuromuscular blocking
agents (usually administered pre-op). Do not use in animals with
kidney or liver disease. Clindamycin may be given with or without
food. Nursing puppies or kittens may develop diarrhea since the
medication passes in the milk. Periodic liver and kidney tests should
be performed if the pet is on this medication for more than one
In the event of an overdose
Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room. Symptoms
of overdose may include vomiting, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
How should I store this medication
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed.
Store medication at room temperature, away from excess heat, light
and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Throw away any medication
that is outdated or no longer needed. Keep out of the reach of children
This information sheet is for educational purposes only and is
intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise
and professional judgment of your veterinarian. The information
is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. You should
always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning
the treatment of your pet.
The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions,
precautions, warnings, allergic reactions, drug interactions or
adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use
of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for your
pet. It is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, and it does not
replace the need for services provided by your veterinarian.
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