Penicillin G for Dogs

Penicillin G is a specific type of the antibiotic penicillin. This medicine is used as an antibiotic and can help to eliminate bacteria associated with a wide variety of infections and other medical conditions. Due to the quick adjustments that bacteria are able to make, and the fact that some bacteria are naturally resistant to types of antibiotics, Penicillin G was developed to be slightly unique from other types of penicillin that are currently available. Read on for a brief overview of the function of this medicine and how to use it effectively with your pet.

Penicillin G Overview

Penicillin G functions like other types of penicillin to kill off bacteria in your pet's system. It works by reducing the ability for the individual bacteria cells to form properly functioning cell walls. As this happens, the bacteria break down and are killed off, thereby reducing your pet's infection.

Penicillin G is formulated for use in humans and has been approved for use in animals by the FDA as well. You will need to have a veterinarian's prescription in order to use this medicine for your pet. It is available in a wide variety of different brand name formulations (like Crystiben, Crystacillin, Dual-Pen and more) as well as a number of generic drug formulations as well.

The infections that veterinarians recommend using Penicillin G for most commonly are:

  • bladder infections
  • tooth abscesses and infections
  • surface level skin infections

Using Penicillin G for Your Pet

This drug is available both as an oral capsule and as an injection. Both are used commonly with pets; if you are concerned about dosing your pet properly, ask your vet about the injectable version of the medicine. Otherwise, follow your vet's instructions carefully for providing your dog with the capsule form of Penicillin G. Because it's crucial that your pet get the proper amount of the medicine that he needs based on his weight, age, health condition and other factors, it's important that you give him the medicine on a regular schedule and in the proper amount.

Penicillin G Side Effects and Risks

One of the biggest risks with using any antibiotic is of the bacteria developing resistance. It's important that you continue the treatment throughout the entire regimen, even if your pet's symptoms appear to clear up. This will help to ensure that the bacteria will not develop any resistance to the medicine.

Penicillin G should not be used alongside certain other medicines or in pets with specific organ damage or disease. Inform your doctor of any issues that your pet may have in this regard before you begin the treatment program.

Some of the most common side effects of Penicillin G include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy

Diarrhea is the most common side effect and is typically due to a change in the healthy bacteria that exist in your pet's intestinal tract. If your pet suffers from these or any other side effects, inform your vet.