Clavamox for Cats: Benefits and Risks

Cats, while cute, cuddly and quirky, have various habits that make them vulnerable to all sorts of diseases.  No matter how much you keep your pet’s environment clean, it can still acquire infections that more often than not, are gastrointestinal in nature. Aside from that, you cannot always guarantee your cat’s safety, especially if you allow it access to the outdoors. An outdoor cat is twice as likely to eat something contaminated while not under your supervision, or to get into a fight with a stray cat, thereby getting scratched up or bitten. Either scenario will more likely than not, lead to an illness or infection.

 

Clavamox for Cats

 

There are many medical treatments available on the market today that can be used to cure ill cats.  One of the most popular medications prescribed for ill cats is Clavamox. Clavamox is a combination antibiotic that is used to treat quite a lot of bacterial infections in cats, dogs and humans; ranging from oral to bladder infections and everything in between. This drug is widely recommended by veterinarians because of its proven effectiveness and minimal side effects.  Clavamox for cats is composed of amoxicillin which is a penicillin antibiotic and clavulanate, an inhibitor of the enzyme beta-lactamase. Beta-lactamase is produced by a number of bacteria, and helps them become resistant to penicillin antibiotics. This combination makes clavamox twice as effective as amoxicillin on its own. Clavamox comes in pills and liquid form. You can make use of oral drops for your cat but it would be easier if you use a syringe when treating your cat using Clavamox because it is more convenient than trying to shove down a pill and having your cat bite your finger off for your trouble.

Risks and Side Effects

 

Antibiotics for humans and animals all have similar side effects.  The main ones are:

 

  • Clavamox for cats will target the ‘good’ bacteria that your pet needs to defend itself from diseases that are brought by harmful bacteria, as well as the harmful bacteria.  Antibiotics in general do not have the ability to identify which bacteria inside your cat’s body are harmful and which are not.  The lack of Probiotics can weaken your cat’s immunity to diseases like colds, intestinal problems, and infections.  Because of this, a major side effect of antibiotics, including clavamox, is diarrhoea. You must ask your vet for a probiotic supplement when he prescribes your cat clavamox, to replenish your cat’s balance of ‘friendly’ bacteria. As well, the diarrhoea will most likely pass by itself, but meanwhile you need to keep your cat hydrated, so give it lots of water.

 

  • Another common side effect is vomiting. Your cat’s stomach may reject the drug and expel it. To prevent this, you should feed your cat before giving it clavamox.

 

  • Your cat may be particularly sensitive to clavamox and experience a hyper- allergic reaction. Signs of this are swelling, rashes, loss of coordination, quickening of heart-rate, and difficulty in breathing.

 

 

Generally speaking, clavamox for cats is very helpful.  All you need is to consult your trusted vet prior to giving your pet this kind of medication.  It is important that you know the right amount of clavamox to lessen the risk and ensure effectiveness.  This holds true with all other kinds of cat antibiotics. Antibiotics are given as a course, and clavamox is no different. Your cat must complete the full course, regardless of whether there is instant improvement or not. Prevention is better than cure.  Knowing the right ways of keeping your cat safe and always healthy will basically reduce the risk of your pet getting ill. In addition, clavamox should be a last resort, because over time, bacteria develop resistance to it. It should be used as rarely as possible.

 

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