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Antibiotics in dogs are used to treat different kinds ofbacterial infections or the conditions they provoke. The effects of theantibiotics on dogs as well as the course of treatment they entail are not thesame as those for humans so it is not recommended to make parallels whentaking care of a dog with antibiotics. The veterinarian is the one that shoulddetermine the adequate treatment and no one else.

Types of antibiotics and the conditions they treat

Amoxicillin is an antibiotic which is prescribed to treatdifferent kinds of bacterial infections, as well as those infections whichattack the teeth, the respiratory system or the bladder. They are not to bemixed up with amoxicillin-clavulanic acid which is a mixture of amoxicillinand the so-called clavulanic acid, and these antibiotics deal with a veryparticular kind of bacteria and none beside it. This bacteria is calledStaphylococci, and it is most commonly associated with bite wounds and skininfections.

Cefpodoxime Proxetil is an antibiotic which can also treatbladder infections, as well as ear infections and dermatological infections. It deals with the accumulations of pus white and yellow fluid which canbe located anywhere in the body. They are caused by some sort of an infection as well and called abscesses.

Chloramphenicol deals with infections concerning the nervoussystem, the prostate or the eye. It is also helpful in infections which can bea result of pneumonia. Its special use is found in the treatment of a conditioncalled hypertrophic osteodystrophy, which affects the muscles and bones ofyoung dogs, causing them to experience fever, weariness, anorexia and lameness.

Doxycycline is a very important antibiotic because ithandles the manifestations of Lyme disease, such as abnormalities in the skin,joints, heart and nervous system. Lyme disease is caused by a certain kind ofbacteria which is transmitted through ticks. Side from Lyme disease,doxycycline treats urinary tract infections and upper respiratory disorders.

These are just some of the most frequent antibioticsprescribed to fight common infections which affect dogs.

Possible side effects of antibiotics

The side effects which sometimes happen to dogs while theyare using antibiotics to battle certain conditions are more unpleasant thanserious. Some of these are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, appearance of stains onthe teeth, loss of appetite and dehydration. Also, they will undoubtedlywithdraw as soon as the illness is gone. However, there are ways to ease theeffect of these side effects and they include buying probiotics for the sickdog. That way, the dog would have sufficient levels of good bacteria in thesystem and therefore fewer chances for the appearance of these side effects.

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