- antibiotic used to kill bacteria and is often used as an alternative to enrofloxacin when needing a larger dosage or intravenous administration.
- Treats urinary tract infections
- Helps cure respiratory system
- Treats skin infections
Possible Side Effects:
While generally safe and effective when prescribed by a veterinarian, ciprofloxacin can cause side effects in some animals.
Ciprofloxacin should not be used in animals with known hypersensitivity or allergy to the drug.
Young animals treated with ciprofloxacin may develop damage to the cartilage of their joints. Swollen joints and lameness are clinical signs that may be observed.
This has not been shown to happen when the ear and eye formulations are used.
Ciprofloxacin should not be administered to puppies. Those between the ages of four and 28 weeks are the most susceptible.
Ciprofloxacin has a good safety record and adverse reactions are uncommon.
Occasionally, some animals develop diarrhea or loose stools from ciprofloxacin.
Ciprofloxacin may interact with other medications.
Consult with your veterinarian to determine if other drugs your pet is receiving could interact with ciprofloxacin. Such drugs include theophylline, antacids, iron supplements, sucralfate, cyclosporine and various other antibiotics.
Do not administer this drug to pregnant pets, Ciprofloxacin has detrimental effects on growing joints and bones.
Do not administer this drug to dogs under one year of age, Ciprofloxacin has detrimental effects on growing joints and bones.
It may effect large breeds dogs as old at 2 years old.
Use caution when administering this drug to CATS, Use with extreme caution and only with the recommendation of an experienced veterinarian when giving this drug to cats, especially those with pre-existing kidney failure.
Use caution when administering this drug to pets with kidney, liver disease or central nervous sytem disorders or epilepsy.
Dosage and Administration:
Carefully follow your Veterinarian's prescription instructions for your pet.
The typical dose administered to dogs is 5 to 7 mg per pound per day 11 to 15 mg/kg per day orally.
The duration of administration depends on the condition being treated, response to the medication and the development of any adverse effects.
Be certain to complete the prescription unless specifically directed by your veterinarian.
Even if your pet feels better, the entire treatment plan should be completed to prevent relapse or prevent the development of resistance.
When giving ciprofloxacin orally, administer the medication on an empty stomach. Ciprofloxacin should also be given at least 2 hours apart from any antacids or dairy products because the drug can bind to those products and make the medication less effective.