Doxycycline is available as capsules:
Doxycycline is a broad spectrum antibiotic used to treat various
conditions caused by susceptible bacteria. It is not for use in
pregnant, nursing or growing animals. The usual dose for dogs is
2-5mg/pound by mouth every 12 to 24 hours. The usual dose for cats
is 2mg/pound by mouth every 12 hours. (sold per capsule)
or as tablets:
Doxycycline is a bacteriostatic antibiotic used for the treatment
of infections such as Lyme disease, Chlamydia, Rocky Mountain Spotted
Fever and bacterial infections caused by susceptible organisms.
Doryx (Pfizer), Vibramycin (Pfizer)
What is this medication used for
Doxycycline is a bacteriostatic antibiotic used by veterinarians
for the treatment of infections such as Lyme disease, Chlamydia,
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and bacterial infections caused by
Doxycycline is a prescription medication available as capsules and
How this medicine should be used
Doxycycline is not FDA approved for use in veterinary medicine;
however, it is a commonly accepted practice to use this medication
in dogs and cats. The usual dose of doxycycline in dogs is 2-5mg/pound
every 12-24 hours. The usual dose of doxycycline in cats is 2mg/pound
every 12 hours.
What are the side effects
Side effects of doxycycline include vomiting, diarrhea, loss of
appetite and drowsiness.
What special precautions are there
Doxycycline should not be used in animals allergic to it or other
tetracycline antibiotics. Use with caution in animals with impaired
liver or kidney function. Do not use in pregnant, nursing, or growing
animals since this medication may cause slowing of bone growth and
discoloration of teeth. Give antacids, vitamin and mineral combinations,
iron, or Pepto-Bismol at least 1 hour before or 4 hours after giving
doxycycline. Use caution when given with digoxin or warfarin. Doxycycline
is not affected by food.
In the event of an overdose
Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room. Symptoms
of overdose may include, diarrhea, vomiting and lack of appetite.
How should I store this medication
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed.
Store 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outdated or no longer needed.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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