Cephalexin is a broad-range antibiotic used to treat many types of infections in dogs, such as urinary tract, skin and respiratory infections, says PetCareRx. The site notes that cephalexin is popular because of its minimal side effects and ability to treat a wide range of infections. Cephalexin is the generic drug form of the drug KeflexKnow More
Cephalexin is available as a pill, liquid or capsule, says the Daily Puppy. For best results, the site recommends giving cephalexin along with a meal though PetCareRx notes it is possible to give the drug without food.
Cephalexin is the canine equivalent of penicillin, says the Daily Puppy, and cephalexin should never be given to dogs who are allergic to penicillin. Typical side effects of cephalexin include vomiting, drooling, diarrhea and rapid breathing, according to the Daily Puppy. The site warns owners to look out for signs of an allergic reaction, such as scratching, swelling, shock and seizures.
The Daily Puppy explains that veterinarians usually prescribe cephalexin based on a dog's body weight. The typical dosage is 10 mg of cephalexin for each 10 pounds of weight. Since each dosage is calculated to weight, owners should never give their dogs two doses at once, or they risk an overdose.Learn more about Veterinary Health
Foul-smelling urine in dogs can be a result of bacteria in the urinary tract or from ketones in the urine caused by diabetes, explains the Whole Dog Journal. Bacterial infections can inhabit the bladder to cause lower urinary tract infections, or the kidneys to cause upper urinary tract infections, notes PetMD.Full Answer >
Struvite stones in dogs are mineral obstructions that form in the canine urinary tract. They are often caused by improper diet or pre-existing urinary tract infections. Female dogs are more prone to struvite stones than are male dogs.Full Answer >
In dogs, mange is a skin disease caused by external parasites called mites that are found on the dog's skin and hair follicles. Dogs typically play host to a number of mites, although mange occurs when the number of mites on a dog's skin multiply rapidly.Full Answer >
Dogs can get colds, as well as a number of upper-respiratory infections with symptoms that resemble colds. Dogs are also susceptible to H3N8, a strain of the flu virus that affects dogs. Milder strains of dog flu can resemble colds in canines.Full Answer >