Clavamox, sometimes misspelled clavimox or clavomox, is a prescription required
antibiotic for cats and dogs
manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer. As a broad spectrum
antibiotic clavamox is often chosen to treat or prevent a wide variety of infections caused by bacteria
including external issues such as wound complications, abscesses, puss lesions and skin infections. It is also
prescribed to treat urinary tract infections.
Giving Clavamox To Your Pet - Choosing Between Tablets Or Liquid Drops
Clavamox is available in tablets or liquid drops - what type and dose
your veterinarian decides to prescribe for your
specific pet will most likely depend on the ailment and type of animal.
Clavamox tablets are not considered palatable but can be
given inside a pill pocket for easier administration. Clavamox tablets come wrapped in a foil enclosure
and should remain there until use to maintain maximum effectiveness. They are available in
62.6 mg, 125 mg, 250 mg, and 375 mg.
Clavamox liquid, also known as an oral suspension, is most commonly available in a 15ml bottle and is
a popular choice for cats. For maximum freshness, once the bottle of clavamox liquid drops
is opened and water is added, clavamox drops
should be stored in the refrigerator and discarded after 14 days.
Clavamox contains the well known penicillin
like broad spectrum antibiotic
. But it also has another ingredient in addition to amoxicillin -
. The intention of a
second ingredient is
to help increase the antibacterial spectrum in which the drug is effective and therefore treat a wider variety of infections.
Side Effects And Cautions
As with most antibiotics, side effects are possible,
including but not limited to: loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Consequently, if your pet exhibits any unusual behavior, signs of ill
health, or any other changes, you will want to consult your veterinarian immediately.
Because clavamox is a penicillin-like antibiotic, it should not be given to pets with allergies to amoxicillin meds or penicillin.
In addition, for your pet's safety, you will also want to visit with your veterinarian regarding other medications that
your pet may be taking.
For instance, there can be adverse interactions when
erythromycin and amoxicillin antibiotic pet medications are taken concurrently with each other.
Freshness is always important too when
it comes to maintaining maximum drug effectiveness.
In general the wide variety of customer reviews online for Clavamox were good and
many commented on how quickly the medication helped clear
up certain ailments, such as bite wound and urinary tract infections.
A few owner's pets had been prescribed clavamox for
secondary infections caused by allergies such as sinus, respiratory and skin infections and the owners were
happy with the treatment results.
There were a few dog and cat owners who believed it had made
their pet vomit and lose their appetite. Our veterinarian has
prescribed clavamox for our own pets on many occasions with
great success. It has worked particularly well for our dogs, however,
it tends to make our cat lose her appetite, so we
chose to use an alternative antibiotic for her needs.
Post Treatment Probiotics
Antibiotics are designed to act against bacteria that can cause infections in our body, however, by doing so they
can also destroy the good bacteria too - bacteria that we actually we need. Often veterinarians will prescribe probiotics
such as fortiflora to help
restore the proper balance of good bacteria following an antibiotic regimen.