Azithromycin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial, rickettsial and parasitic infections in animals. Commonly known under the brand name Zithromax, it is only FDA-approved for use in humans, but veterinarians prescribe it for a wide variety of animal species. This flavored oral suspension is long acting and can be given once daily. While you may not see any outward effects of the medicine right away, it should start taking effect within one to two hours, and your furry friend should be feeling better in one or two days. Consult with your veterinarian about the recommended dosage.
Azithromycin is used in the treatment of susceptible bacterial infections.
Possible Side Effects
Vomiting and diarrhea are most common. Liver damage is also possible, but rare. Pets that are hypersensitive to this or similar medications can have a true allergic reaction. Other side effects may occur. Call your veterinarian immediately if your pet seems ill while taking this medication.
Drug & Food Interactions
Interactions may occur with some vitamins, supplements, cisapride, cyclosporine, digoxin, and antacids. Discuss all medications and supplements your pet is taking with your veterinarian prior to starting Azithromycin.
Azithromycin should not be given to pets who have an allergy to it or similar antibiotics. Pets with liver disease should take this medication cautiously and only if the benefits outweigh the risks. The risks to pregnant/lactating females are unknown.
This drug is FDA-approved for human use. However, it is common practice for veterinarians to prescribe such drugs for use in dogs and cats.
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