Using Clavamox for Dogs to Treat Skin Infections

Clavamox for dogs is the brand name for a commonly used medication to prevent or kill certain bacteria found in wounds, bone, bladder and skin infections. There are some possible side effects with this medication but is generally safe for dogs.

Proper Use of Clavamox

Clavamox is one of several antibiotics for dogs to treat infections. The drug is composed of amoxicillin, an antibiotic, and clavulanate potassium and comes in tablet or liquid form. The combination of these drugs allows the medication to work more effectively. Some strains of bacteria are resistant to amoxicillin but clavulanate prevents bacteria from resisting antibiotics. Clavamox cannot be used for infections caused by parasites like worms or mites, fungal infections like ringworm or for treating viruses. Owners should only administer Clavamox when it is prescribed by a veterinarian and follow the dosage instructions until the treatment plan is complete, even if the symptoms end and your dog appears to be better.

Symptoms of Skin Infections

Symptoms of skin infections that should be addressed by a veterinarian include:

  • Redness of the skin
  • Itching
  • Legions
  • Pustules
  • Draining sores
  • Excessive shedding and hair loss
  • Scaling skin
  • Odor

Preventing Skin Infections

There are several steps that owners can take to prevent skin infections and avoid the need for antibiotics for dogs. A strong immune system is an essential factor to keep bacteria from affecting your pet. A balanced diet that includes healthy ingredients with the right nutrients like protein, vitamins and minerals can keep your dog healthy and active. Vitamin supplements can also help so consult with your veterinarian about the best supplements for your dog's breed, age and lifestyle. If your dog has a condition that suppresses the immune system, such as parasites, allergies, autoimmune diseases, chronic stress, lack of exercise, or cancers.

Owners should wash dog bedding often and maintain good canine hygiene. Baths should not be part of an everyday routine but given about once a month to prevent dry and itchy skin associated with frequent bathing.

Check your dog's skin for symptoms of infection or scrapes and cuts which can increase the chance of bacterial infection. Wounds should be cleaned to prevent infection.

Potential Side Effects of Clavamox

Side effects of Clavamox for dogs include vomiting, loose stools and diarrhea, allergic reactions and interactions with other drugs. Feeding your dog before administering the oral medication may reduce vomiting. Dogs that are allergic to penicillin should not take Clavamox. It has not been determined if Clavamox is safe for dogs that are pregnant or breastfeeding. Follow the instructions of your veterinarian and notify the vet's office if your dog experiences any side effects.