Orbax for Dogs

Orbax is a broad spectrum antibiotic that can be used to treat a wide variety of different conditions in your dog. If your pet is suffering from an infection that is caused by bacteria and which targets his respiratory system, his urinary tract, a wound or surface injury, or a variety of other parts of his body, Orbax may be able to neutralize the bacteria and eliminate the infection. This medicine is available with a veterinarian's prescription only, so ask your vet if you think that Orbax may be a good choice for removing your pet's infection and restoring his health.

Orbax Overview

Orbax is a broad spectrum antibiotic that is similar to ciprofloxacin and other related drugs. It works by stopping bacteria cells from being able to synthesize and produce DNA. This results in the bacteria dying off before they are able to reproduce, thereby eliminating the infection as well.

This medicine is fairly unique among other antibiotics that are used in veterinary medicine in that it is specifically designed for use in dogs and cats. While many other antibiotics are made for human use and are used as extra label drugs in pet medicine, Orbax is specifically created for use in veterinary practice. The drug that Orbax contains as an active ingredient is called orbifloxacin. There are also generic versions of this drug available as well.

Giving Your Pet Orbax

Orbax is most commonly given in tablet form. Most vets will recommend providing the medicine to your dog in this manner, because it is much easier to mix in the ground up tablets with your pet's food or to give the medicine to him along with a treat than it is to provide your pet with a liquid drug. Orbax is typically dosed at between 1 and 2.5 milligrams per pound, and the medicine is usually provided once per day. In order to determine exactly how much Orbax your pet will need, as well as how often you'll need to give it to him, consult with your vet for additional advice and guidelines.

Risks and Side Effects of Orbax

As with other types of antibiotics, you should continue the full run of the Orbax treatment for your pet, even if your dog's symptoms appear to get better before the regimen is through. If you discontinue treatment prior to the end of the run, the bacteria may be left resistant to the drug, and the infection may come back stronger than before.

The most common side effects associated with Orbax use in dogs include the following:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Central nervous system problems

In most cases, side effects are rare and very mild. It's important to note, however, the Orbax should never be provided to puppies or to pregnant dogs. In these cases, it's important that you and your vet discuss alternative options and find another type of antibiotic to give to your pet instead of using Orbax.