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Prescription Antibiotics for Dogs & What They Treat

Help your pup along the road to recovery with antibiotics for dogs from Petco. When our furry best friends are feeling under the weather, we naturally want to do all we can to help them get better as quickly as possible. With the selection of prescription pet antibiotics, your pup will be up and playing sooner rather than later.

If you are unsure of which treatment is right for your dog’s current condition, consult your veterinarian for guidance and be sure to follow their dosage instructions to the letter. Here is a brief list of the antibiotics for dogs that you can find at Petco, what treatments they offer, and how they are administered to your pet:

Amoxicillin: A good all-around antibiotic, amoxicillin for dogs works to stop bacterial growth and is typically used to treat a variety of infections. It’s available in both tablet and capsule forms and is administered orally. Amoxicillin for dogs can also be given with food and comes in multiple dosage forms for fussier pets.

Cephalexin: A prescription antibiotic, cephalexin capsules are used for specific bacterial infections, including skin wounds and abscesses, and UTIs. Cephalexin for dogs is available in both capsule and liquid form and is administered orally. It may be given with a small amount of food.

Clindamycin: An antibiotic used for deep skin and mouth infections, including dental and bone bacterial ailments, clindamycin also treats some protozoan infections. Clindamycin for dogs is available in capsule, tablet, or liquid form, and is given orally. If you are using the tablet or capsule forms, ensure your pet has some water to wash it down, or it could cause damage to their esophagus.

Doxycycline: Used specifically to combat diseases spread by ticks, doxycycline is a prescription antibiotic that treats infections including Lyme disease, salmon poisoning, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Doxycycline for dogs is available in both capsule and tablet forms and is administered orally. It may be given with food.

Metronidazole: Another prescription antibiotic, metronidazole is used as an antiprotozoal medication for infections in dogs, including intestinal parasites and diarrheal diseases. Metronidazole for dogs is available in tablet form and administered orally.

Orbax: A prescription antibiotic that is used to treat bacterial infections in your pet’s skin, soft tissue, and urinary tract. Orbax for dogs is available in tablet form and administered orally. It may be given with water, but should NOT be given with food or supplements.

More detailed information about these antibiotics for dogs – including administration, side effects, and additional points to bring up with your veterinarian – can be found by clicking on the individual antibiotics pages.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ordering antibiotics for your pet on is as simple as adding the item to your cart and filling in your pet’s and veterinarian’s information. From there, our team will coordinate with your veterinarian to get a prescription.

Antibiotics for your pet are generally only available by prescription or on the order of your veterinarian after your pet is examined. Your veterinarian will prescribe antibiotic medication that is safest for your pet and their condition. Petco carries prescription oral drops, capsules and chewables to treat your pup.

Very few antibiotics are available without prescription. Picking the right antibiotic for an infection requires knowledge of the infectious agent. Antibiotics should be given under your veterinarian’s supervision to ensure proper dosage and safety precautions.

Most antibiotic ointments are safe for dogs in small doses. Reach out to your veterinarian for advice regarding extra-strength varieties, or any with added active ingredients for pain relief. Pet should be monitored to make sure they are not licking the affected area where you have applied the ointment.

    The amount of time your pup will be on antibiotics can vary. Your veterinarian will give you a prescription for a specific amount of antibiotics. It's important your dog is given the entire course of antibiotics as prescribed without skipping doses as this can cause complications.

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