Zeniquin-also known as marbofloxacin-is a well-known antibacterial medication that is frequently recommended to canine UTI or cystitis. If you notice any changes in the frequency of urinating or the amount of urine expelled, your canine may have UTI.
Canine urinary tract infection can be treated in several ways. Very commonly, vets prescribe antibiotics to eliminate the bacteria and heal the infection. Alternative options include homeopathic products and antibacterial medication.
What Is Zeniquin?
Zeniquin comes from the group of fluoroquinolones and is an antibacterial medication that can be used for dogs in multiple infections. Vets prescribe Zenuiquin for lower and upper urinary tract infections, but it is also useful in cases of skin infections.
When is Zeniquin Recommended?
Zeniquin is recommended when the urinary tract infection is caused by bacteria that can be eliminated by marbofloxacin.
Zeniquin may also be prescribed instead of antibiotics in different instances. If your dog has taken too many antibiotics and has developed immunity for these, the antibiotics will not work in treating a urinary infection.
If your dog has kidney problems antibiotics are not allowed because they might cause a renal failure.
Dogs intolerant to antibiotics might also need alternative treatment.
Antibiotics are also harsh for a sensitive stomach and if your dog suffers from ulcer, antibiotics must be replaced with other medication.
Administration and Dosage
Zeniquin is available in tablets of 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg and 200 mg. As a rule, the urinary tract infection is treated with 1.25 mg of Zeniquin per pound of body weight. In more severe cases the dosage may be increased to 2 mg per pound of body weight. Your vet will determine the right dosage and your dog will only have to take one tablet per day. The treatment lasts for at least 10 days. If the condition of your dog does not change in the first 5 days of treatment, different medication should be administrated.
If your dog doesn't want to swallow the tablet, you can dissolve it in liquid or in your pet's food.
Zeniquin has side-effects that are more visible in dogs with fluoroquinolone intolerance and puppies. A dog under medication may present the following side-effects: vomiting, nausea, lack of appetite, lethargy and diarrhea. In rare cases, dogs under treatment have displayed behavioral changes, shaking and continuous thirst. On the other hand, antibiotics may have the same side-effects. The only option with no side-effects is the homeopathic treatment.
The prescription of Zeniquin is not recommended for puppies, because they are still in a growing phase and the fluoroquinolones may lead to bone and cartilage defects in dogs. Dogs that are younger than 18 months will not be prescribed Zeniquin.
If your dog has fluoroquinolone intolerance, a vet will avoid Zeniquin to treat the urinary tract infection. The side-effects are more severe in this case and the treatment for UTI will create only new health issues.
Zeniquin is only available through prescription. Ask your vet about your treatment options and whether Zeniquin is the best solution for your pet.