Cephalexin Pet Prescription Medication

What is Cephalexin?

Cephalexin is an oral antibiotic used for the treatment of infections caused by cephalexin sensitive organisms, including susceptible Staph. aureus, E coli, Proteus and Klebsiella. It is also used for the treatment of bacterial infections of the respiratory tract, genitourinary tract, musculoskeletal system, skin and soft tissue in dogs and cats.

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How is Cephalexin given?

Cephalexin is given orally in the form of a tablet. It can be given with or without food, but if your pet has nausea or vomits after taking the medication, try giving it with a bit of food. 

Are there any potential side effects?

Cephalexin is generally well-tolerated, and side effects are usually mild if they occur. Some common side effects that may occur include vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite and weight loss. Panting, drooling, rapid breathing, hyperexcitability and skin rashes are some of the other side effects to look out for. 

Dogs that are allergic to the drug may experience fever, rashes and difficulty breathing. In these cases, contact your veterinarian immediately. 

What if I miss giving my pet the medication?

If you miss a dose, you can give it when you remember. However, if it is near the time for the next dose, you can skip the dose you missed and give the medication at the next scheduled time. Do not give your pet two doses at once. Never give extra doses. 

Also, it is important to ensure your pet completes the antibiotic as instructed by your veterinarian, even if your pet seems to have recovered. 

Are there any drug interactions I should be aware of?

There are no known drug interactions with cephalexin, although certain drugs such as probenecid and Warfarin may interact with it. Please inform your prescribing Veterinarian if your dog is taking any other kind of medication, including vitamins, supplements or herbal remedies. 

Is there any monitoring that needs to be done with this medication?

Pets with kidney disease may require monitoring after taking Cephalexin. Please consult your prescribing Veterinarian. 

Are there any risk factors for this medication?

Pets that have a known allergy to cephalosporins or hypersensitivity should not use Cephalexin. Please let your prescribing Veterinarian know if your pet is sensitive to any medications such as penicillins, cepamycins, and carbapenems. 

Cephalexin should also be used with caution in pregnant and nursing mothers. 

How do I store the  Cephalexin?

Store below 30 degrees (room temperature), and protect from light. 

What should I do in case of an emergency?

If there are serious reactions to the drug, or if you suspect an overdose, contact your local vet and/or local animal emergency service immediately.