October 22, 2010

Infections and Cat Antibiotics

Filed under: Antibiotics — Dr. Amber Reed @ 9:08 am

Cat antibiotics are indicated for treatment for a wide range of infections and while they represent an effective treatment, not all cat antibiotics are ideal.  In fact, if used incorrectly, cat antibiotics can have some serious and even painful side effects.  So as important as it is to take pet healthcare seriously, one should never treat an infection without the guidance of a veterinarian.

Before beginning any antibiotic treatment, you should first have a veterinarian diagnose the cause or source of the infection.  A vomiting cat may be suffering from an intestinal or stomach infection that is treated with one of many available cat antibiotics while an infection caused by a wound may call for another.  In addition, depending on the type of infection, there may be other treatment considerations beyond antibiotics.  Some pet medications help to reduce swelling and pain, but if there are noticeable abscesses they may need to be drained during treatment.

Once your veterinarian has determined the cause of the infection, he will likely prescribe some cat antibiotics.  Penicillin is commonly used to treat infections in all animals, but because it is such a common antibiotic there are a number of bacteria that are resistant to penicillin.  Veterinarians rely on a range of cat antibiotics including amino-glycosides, cephalosporin, and erythromycin.

Still, most cat antibiotics will be associated with some side effects.  Rash, allergy, fever, and a reduction in white blood cell counts are all possible side effects of antibiotic treatment.  However, cat antibiotics can cause much more severe side effects ranging from liver disease and kidney disease to diarrhea, gastrointestinal disease, and even loss of hearing.  Before beginning your cat on any antibiotic treatment, speak to your veterinarian.  Cat antibiotics will normally clear up an infection in 2 to 5 days with few dangerous side effects.

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