Cephalexin for Dogs

Cephalexin for dogs is an antibiotic medication used to fight a wide variety of bacterial infections. Cephalexin cannot be obtained without a prescription from a veterinarian, and is not an effective way to treat infections that are caused by worms, parasites, fungus or a virus. Cephalexin can be used to treat infections that are caused by bacteria, including bone infections, skin infections, bladder infections, wounds and pneumonia. Like penicillin, Cephalexin for dogs kills bacteria in the body. The difference between Cephalexin and penicillin is that Cephalexin has a wider variety of actions to take on bacterial infections. 

Overview of Cephalexin for Dogs

Cephalexin must be prescribed by a veterinarian, and is used for the treatment of a wide array of bacterial infections in the body. Cephalexin causes bacteria in the body to die by preventing them from forming cell walls and protective barriers. The drug is also commonly used in humans and cats, and is very similar to the drug Cefadroxil for dogs. Although Cephalexin for dogs is an effective way to treat bacterial infections within the body, it will not treat infections that are not of bacterial origin. Various infections caused by viruses, fungi and parasites cannot be treated with this drug. 

Possible Side Effects of Cephalexin for Dogs

There is a chance your animal may develop mild side effects when using Cephalexin. In general, Cephalexin is a very safe and effective way to treat bacterial infections in your pet, but certain animals may experience the following symptoms when taking the antibiotic:

  • Vomiting
  • Mild diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lack of energy 
  • Depression

Some dogs are more sensitive to Cephalexin than others, and when your pet shows these symptoms, he is likely just sensitive to the drug. Cephalexin should never be given to dogs with an allergy to the drug, as allergic reactions can be a serious medical emergency. Cephalexin can also interact with other drugs, so it is very important to discuss all medications and antibiotics your pet is taking with your veterinarian before administering Cephalexin. Drugs that can interact with Cephalexin may include a wide variety of antibiotics. 

Pet owners should always follow instructions of dosage amounts and information closely. In the event of an overdose of Cephalexin, contact a veterinarian for emergency care as soon as possible. An overdose of Cephalexin can quickly lead to death if left untreated. 

Dosing Information for Cephalexin for Dogs

The dose your pet should receive will depend on his weight and size, as well as his condition. Your veterinarian will supply you with directions and instructions on how much of the drug to give to your pet and other important details. Typically, Cephalexin for dogs is supplied in tablets or capsules to be taken orally. The dosage amount usually ranges from 10mg to 15mg daily, depending on your pet's size and need. The duration of the treatment can last up to 10 days or more, depending on the severity of your pet's condition.