Clindamycin for Cats

Clindamycin, also known by the brand name Antirobe, is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections in cats and dogs. It is related to the drug erthyromycin, and is available through a veterinarian's prescription. Unlike certain other antibiotic drugs that are generalized in order to combat many types of bacteria, clindamycin targets only very specific types of bacterial infections. The result is that this drug is highly effective, but only when used in the proper way.

Clindamycin Overview

Clindamycin, sometimes spelled clindamycine, works by limiting bacterias ability to synthesize proteins. Without this reproductive capacity, bacteria cannot grow and spread, and the resulting infection decreases in severity. Clindamycin is prescribed to treat bacterial infections of the respiratory system, the bones, skin and mouth. It is generally not effective against bacterial infections in other parts of your pet's body, and it is wise to seek out an alternative treatment in these cases. Specifically, clindamycin is generally not effective against parasites, fungal infections, and other related conditions.

Treatment with Clindamycin

If your pet has a surface level skin infection, an open sore or wound, pneumonia or an infection of the mouth, speak with a veterinarian about the possibility of addressing the infection with clindamycin. Your vet will begin by diagnosing your pet's condition through a physical exam and laboratory tests, including bacterial cultures.

Once your vet has determined that your pet's infection is due to bacteria and that clindamycin is an appropriate means of addressing the spread of that bacteria, he will prescribe a treatment program of clindamycin. The drug is available in tablet form or as an oral suspension, and it is more commonly given to pets as a tablet. The exact dosage depends upon your cat's condition and size, but the prescription generally calls for one or two doses per day. The quantity of medicine per dose generally ranges from 2.5 mg up to 10 mg. Most clindamycin regimens last for several days.

It is important to follow your veterinarian's instructions for dosage and administration of the drug as closely as possible. If your pet experiences any adverse reactions to the drug, communicate with the vet as quickly as you can. Additionally, follow the drug regimen through to the end, even if your pet's symptoms clear up midway through. Failure to do so may result in recurrence of the infection or the development of resistance to clindamycin in the bacteria itself.

Side Effects of Clindamycin

Clindamycin is generally considered to be a safe drug. However, it can react negatively with certain other types of antibiotics, so it is important to be clear with your veterinarian about any other medications that your cat has in his system. It may also lead to allergic reactions in a very small number of cats.

Typically, side effects of clindamycin are mild and include loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea.

When used appropriately, clindamycin can provide a safe and effective means of eliminating certain bacterial infections from your cat's system. Consult with a veterinarian for more information.