Cefpet (Cefpodoxime Proxetil)
What is Cefpet (Cefpodoxime Proxetil) used for?
Cefpet (Cefpodoxime Proxetil) is an oral antibacterial syrup prescribed to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections affecting your dog. The medication operates by slowing or stopping the reproduction of bacteria cells in the animal's body allowing its immune system to eliminate the infection. This can make it useful for treating bacterial infections affecting the ears, respiratory tract, soft tissues, skin, or urinary tract. It should be noted that this medication will have no effect on infections caused by a virus or fungus. Your veterinarian may also prescribe it for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Cefpet (Cefpodoxime Proxetil)?
Always follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian while using Cefpet (Cefpodoxime Proxetil) to get the most effective results from treatment. One measured dose is normally administered once or twice daily for a period of medication lasting one or two weeks, but the best directions will depend on your dog's health, weight, the condition being treated, and the severity of its symptoms. These should be measured and given using the included measuring device to ensure the most accurate dosage. Do not stop giving the medicine, even if your pet's symptoms seem to have disappeared, as the infection may not be gone and can return stronger or more resistant to treatment. Ask your veterinarian any questions you have about administering the medicine to make sure you are using it correctly.
What are the side effects of Cefpet (Cefpodoxime Proxetil)?
The use of Cefpet (Cefpodoxime Proxetil) may cause side effects in some dogs such as:
Stop administering the medicine and contact the veterinarian immediately if you observe any serious side effects such as severe diarrhea that is bloody or watery, seizures, flu symptoms, irregular heartbeats, discolored stools, or signs of an allergic reaction including severe skin reactions, swelling, or difficulty breathing. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced application frequency, or emergency medical attention in serious cases to stop further health problems from occurring.
Do not begin using Cefpet (Cefpodoxime Proxetil) to treat pets that have allergies to cephalosporin antibiotics or have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past. It is also important to tell the veterinarian if your pet has reduced kidney function as this condition may cause complications during treatment requiring special adjustments to to its dosage.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by the prescribing vet while administering Cefpet (Cefpodoxime Proxetil) to your dog. Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the dog and the condition it is being treated for.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain dogs, it is essential you always inform the vet if your dog is used for breeding and is pregnant or lactating, as well as if it has any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if it is being given any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency veterinary care if your dog has any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction in dogs include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.