Clavamox is a potentiated penicillin approved for veterinary use in dogs and cats. It combines the broad-spectrum antibiotic activity of amoxicillin with the unique β-lactamase-inhibiting effect of clavulanate potassium for antimicrobial activity. In addition, it provides activity against many Gram-positive and Gram-negative aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. Clavamox is orally administered – and available in both chewable and drop form – to effectively treat skin infections in dogs and cats, periodontal infections in dogs, and urinary tract infections in cats.
Clavamox is a broad-spectrum antibiotic for dogs and cats. It’s often prescribed by veterinarians for the treatment of infections, like those found in the urinary tract. This medication can also help treat infected wounds and abscesses, and comes in an easy-to-administer liquid form—simply disguise it in normal meals.
Clavamox (amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium tablets), USP is an orally administered formulation comprised of the broad-spectrum antibiotic Amoxi® (amoxicillin trihydrate) and the β-lactamase inhibitor, clavulanate potassium (the potassium salt of clavulanic acid). Amoxicillin trihydrate is a semisynthetic antibiotic with a broad spectrum of bactericidal activity against many gram-positive and gram-negative, aerobic and anaerobic microorganisms. It does not resist destruction by β-lactamases; therefore, it is not effective against β-lactamase-producing bacteria. Chemically, it is D(-)-α-amino-p-hydroxybenzyl penicillin trihydrate.
Clavulanic acid, an inhibitor of β-lactamase enzymes, is produced by the fermentation of Streptomyces clavuligerus. Clavulanic acid by itself has only weak antibacterial activity. Chemically, clavulanate potassium is potassium z-(3R,5R)-2-β-hydroxyethylidene clavam-3-carboxylate.
Dosage and Administration
Dogs: The recommended dosage is 6.25 mg/lb of body weight twice a day. Skin and soft tissue infections such as abscesses, cellulitis, wounds, superficial/juvenile pyoderma, and periodontal infections should be treated for 5-7 days or for 48 hours after all symptoms have subsided. If no response is seen after 5 days of treatment, therapy should be discontinued and the case reevaluated. Deep pyoderma may require treatment for 21 days; the maximum duration of treatment should not exceed 30 days.
Cats: The recommended dosage is 62.5 mg twice a day. Skin and soft tissue infections such as abscesses and cellulitis/dermatitis should be treated for 5-7 days or for 48 hours after all symptoms have subsided, not to exceed 30 days. If no response is seen after 3 days of treatment, therapy should be discontinued and the case reevaluated. Urinary tract infections may require treatment for 10-14 days or longer. The maximum duration of treatment should not exceed 30 days.
Uses/benefits of Clavamox For Dogs
Clavamox is used to treat susceptible bacteria that cause infections in regions of the body. Clavamox can also be effective in treating infected wounds. Clavamox is not a treatment for viral or parasitic infections.
Side Effects and Drug Reactions
Clavamox may result in these side effects:
- Allergic reaction (labored breathing, hives, etc)
- Loss of appetite
Clavamox may react with these drugs:
- Other forms of penicillin
Prices of Clavamox For Dogs
$18.46 – $26.13 –