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Doxycycline is an antibiotic commonly used to treat many diseases carried by ticks. Doxycycline is used to treat susceptible infections such as erlichiosis, Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, salmon poisoning, toxoplasmosis and leptospirosis.

Doxycycline is for multiple species including dogs and cats.

  • Prescription broad-spectrum antibiotic for the treatment of susceptible bacterial infections

  • Doxycycline is commonly used to treat many diseases carried by ticks, including Lyme Disease

Doxycycline is a prescription antibiotic. It is a broad-spectrum antibiotic related to other tetracyclines. Doxycycline is used to treat susceptible infections, such as erlichiosis, Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, salmon poisoning, toxoplasmosis and leptospirosis.

It works by preventing bacteria from producing proteins that are essential to the growth and reproduction of the bacteria. It therefore stops the spread of infection, allowing the body's immune system to kill the existing bacteria.

Doxycycline is the generic medication.

Doxycycline is given by mouth. It may be given with food to decrease side effects. If using a tablet or pill form, you must make sure your pet swallows some water after taking the medication, or the medication may cause damage to the esophagus. Do not use milk. Cats should have at least a teaspoon of water. Try offering your cat water flavored with tuna water or other liquid your cat likes. For small mammals, try fruit juices.

Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian. Use all of the medication prescribed, even if your pet appears well. If the entire course of treatment is not given, the infection may recur or worsen.

Doxycycline is well absorbed from the intestinal tract and is carried by the blood stream to many tissues of the body. It will prevent bacteria from reproducing, which will eventually eliminate them from the body. To be effective, Doxycycline must be given for many days in a row. If doses are missed or the entire treatment regimen is not completed, the infection could recur or worsen. Consult your veterinarian if the animal's condition does not improve or worsens after beginning treatment with Doxycycline.

Capsule and tablet forms.

Doxycycline

Talk to your veterinarian about what tests and exams may be necessary while your pet is taking tetracycline. Also discuss how long the treatment period will be and what type of outcome is expected.

Tell your veterinarian if your pet has liver or kidney diseases, or may be pregnant or is nursing, or if you intend to breed your pet.

Notify your veterinarian of any other medications or supplements your pet is taking, and also if your pet has had any reactions to previous medications.

If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to the regular schedule. Do not give two doses at once.

If using a tablet or pill form, you must make sure your pet swallows some water after taking the medication.

Tell your veterinarian if your pet could be pregnant or may be bred while taking Doxycycline. Follow your veterinarian's directions and give the full course of Doxycycline as prescribed. Consult your veterinarian if the animal's condition does not improve or worsens after beginning treatment with Doxycycline.

Not for use in animals hypersensitive (allergic) to it or other tetracyclines. Can slow the growth, alter the skeleton, and yellow the teeth of unborn animals. Give only during the second half of pregnancy if benefits outweigh the risks. Do not give during the first half of pregnancy. This medication should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed.

Possible side effects include nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea and vomiting. Contact your veterinarian if you observe any of these effects in your pet.

Tetracycline may cause photosensitivity, with pustules or blisters on skin exposed to the sun. Protect your pet from the sun.

Long-term therapy may result in the growth of unwanted bacteria or fungi. May stain the teeth in immature animals.

If your pet experiences an allergic reaction to the medication, signs may include facial swelling, hives, scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, pale gums, cold limbs, or coma. If you observe any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Unless otherwise stated by the manufacturer, store in tightly closed container at room temperature (60-86°F), protected from light, heat, and moisture (not in the bathroom). Keep out of reach of children and pets.

If overdose should occur, you may see serious vomiting or diarrhea. If you know or suspect your pet has had an overdose, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Consult your veterinarian before using Doxycycline with vitamins and supplements, oral antacids, minerals (especially iron), Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate, warfarin, phenobarbital, and penicillins, since interactions may occur.