Treating Bladder Infection With Amoxicillin for Dogs

Many times a veterinarian will prescribe Amoxicillin for dogs with a bladder infection. It is a broad-spectrum penicillin antibiotic that can treat several different types of bacteria by preventing the building of bacteria cell walls. It can be used to treat a variety of infections of the skin, ears and urinary tract, for which it has been proven to be particularly effective.

Amoxicillin is available by prescription only and comes in both powder and flavored syrup forms, and can be given with or without food.

Symptoms of Bladder Infection

If your dog has been diagnosed with bladder infection, you may have noticed the following symptoms:

  • Straining to urinate
  • Blood in the urine
  • Foul smelling
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

As most bladder infections are due to a build up of bacteria in the urinary tract, an antibiotic such as Amoxicillin is generally recommended. Often the medication will be prescribed for ten days, though in severe cases the medication may be repeated two or three times until the symptoms abate.

Amoxicillin Side Effects

Amoxicillin is known to have certain serious side effects, and if these occur, you should discontinue use and contact your veterinarian immediately. Serious side effects that may occur include:

  • Severe or bloody diarrhea
  • An allergic reaction
  • Seizures
  • Bruising or unusual bleeding

ess serious side effects of Amoxicillin may also consist of:

  • Mild nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal Pain

In addition to these side effects, it's been noted that there is an increase in the likelihood of yeast and certain fungal infections in dogs. Other side effects have occurred individually in dogs, and it is important to note these and talk to your veterinarian about them.

Other Considerations

Unless your veterinarian states otherwise, there are no restrictions on foods your dog should not eat while taking Amoxicillin. Animals that are allergic to penicillin should not, under any circumstance, take Amoxicillin. However, the antibiotic may react with other drugs such as Allopurinol. There have been cases reported of dogs taking these two medications together develop rashes.

Other drugs may also interact with Amoxicillin, so it is important to talk to your veterinarian before administering other over the counter drugs, vitamins or minerals. Some drugs, such as Erythromycin and probenecid may increase the effectiveness of Amoxicillin, but it is not advised to attempt to double medicate your pet without veterinarian approval.

Amoxicillin is used to treat bladder infections in dogs as it is generally considered safe, and has proven efficacy.