Cefpodoxime for Dogs

If your dog is suffering from a bacterial infection of some type, cefpodoxime may be a great way to help address this issue. Cefpodoxime is one of the leading antibiotic drugs given to dogs, and is effective against bacterial infections of the skin, bones, wounds and open sores. Cefpodoxime is more commonly known as the brand name drug called Simplicef. Read on for a brief overview of how this drug is used in veterinary medicine, and ask your vet if you suspect that cefpodoxime may be a good solution for your pet's condition.

Cefpodoxime Overview

Cefpodoxime is an cephalosporin antibiotic drug. Cephalosporin drugs are similar in many ways to penicillin, but they operate against a larger array of different types of bacteria, making them generally more effective. This medicine functions by prohibiting bacteria cells from forming adequate cell walls. This results in the bacteria not being able to support itself and dying off. The infection then follows as the bacteria cells are eliminated.

This medicine is developed and marketed for use in humans only. You will not be able to purchase the medicine for your pet without a special veterinarian's prescription for the drug as an extra label medicine. Do not give your pet cefpodoxime without first checking in with your veterinarian and receiving a prescription of this type.

Using Cefpodoxime for Your Dog

Because it is generally given to dogs, cefpodoxime is available in tablet form only. These tablets are designed for human consumption, and are generally much larger than will be necessary for your dog. Typically, your vet will recommend a dose of no more than about 5 milligrams of medicine per pound. The tablets of cefpodoxime medicine generally come in 200 milligram tablets. You'll need to carefully split up the tablets in order to ensure that your pet gets the appropriate dose. Be sure to follow your vet's instructions for how often and how much medicine to give your dog.

Risks and Side Effects of Cefpodoxime

While cefpodoxime is generally safe for use in dogs, it has the potential to react negatively with certain other medicines. Inform your vet of any other medicines that your pet is currently taking. Because cefpodoxime can also cause problems if your pet has certain preexisting health conditions, you should tell your vet of your dog's prior health history before beginning a treatment program with cefpodoxime.

The most commonly noted side effects of cefpodoxime include the following:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Changes in appetite

It's also possible that your pet may suffer from a more serious allergic reaction to cefpodoxime. If you notice these or any other reactions in your pet after giving him a dose of cefpodoxime, take him to a veterinary emergency medical center immediately. Ask your vet for additional information about this and other antibiotics for your dog.