Cephalexin is a broad-range antibiotic used to treat many types of infections in dogs, such as urinary tract, skin and respiratory infections, says PetCareRx. The site notes that cephalexin is popular because of its minimal side effects and ability to treat a wide range of infections. Cephalexin is the generic drug form of the drug Keflex
Cephalexin is available as a pill, liquid or capsule, says the Daily Puppy. For best results, the site recommends giving cephalexin along with a meal though PetCareRx notes it is possible to give the drug without food.
Cephalexin is the canine equivalent of penicillin, says the Daily Puppy, and cephalexin should never be given to dogs who are allergic to penicillin. Typical side effects of cephalexin include vomiting, drooling, diarrhea and rapid breathing, according to the Daily Puppy. The site warns owners to look out for signs of an allergic reaction, such as scratching, swelling, shock and seizures.
The Daily Puppy explains that veterinarians usually prescribe cephalexin based on a dog's body weight. The typical dosage is 10 mg of cephalexin for each 10 pounds of weight. Since each dosage is calculated to weight, owners should never give their dogs two doses at once, or they risk an overdose.Learn More
Pepto-Bismol can safely be given to most breeds of dogs in an effort to resolve diarrhea, according to Robert Silver. Do not give it for more than five days and never give it to cats as it is potentially toxic. In addition, a 24-hour rice fast can be effective.Full Answer >
According to the Pet Poison Helpline, ibuprofen should not ever be given to dogs unless specifically recommended by a veterinarian. Dogs have a very low tolerance for ibuprofen, and even small amounts can cause an overdose, which can lead to life-threatening complications.Full Answer >
Dogs can be given aspirin once or twice a day for short-term pain relief only. Large dogs weighing 50 to 100 pounds can be given one regular aspirin tablet and dogs over 100 pounds can be given two regular aspirin. Walker Valley Veterinary Hospital states that dogs between 30 to 50 pounds can be given one-half of a regular aspirin tablet. Smaller dogs should be given baby aspirin; one-half a baby aspirin tablet for dogs under 10 pounds and one baby aspirin for dogs that are 10 to 30 pounds.
Tranquilizers and sedatives are sometimes given to dogs in order to relax them for medical procedures or grooming, according to Pet Education.com. Generally, the sedative or tranquilizer is injected directly into the muscle or given intravenously, depending on the setting. Both may be used together before giving the dog general anesthesia for surgical procedures.Full Answer >