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How much penicillin do you give a 60 pound dog?

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2009-09-19 16:58:52


If your vet has not suggest to you that you give your dog

penicillin then DON'T! Self medicating your dog without seeing a

vet is extremely dangerous. Dogs can have allergic reactions to

medications like humans. See a vet!

If in fact a visit to the vet is not a viable option owed to

their exorbitant fees; "self" medicating may well be preferable to

taking no action and hoping that the condition self resolves.

Below, find the dosage guidelines for dogs. Best wishes to Pooch

for a full & speedy recovery.

dosing standards for dogs & cats

penicillin v 5.5 - 11mg per kg, every 6-8hrs

source- Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics 8th ed, pg




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Side Effects of Penicillin

There are side effects that can be caused by penicillin. Side

effects are rare but they can occur so it is important to be aware

of them in case your dog develops symptoms.

It is possible for dogs to be allergic to penicillin. In this

case, an allergic reaction can be life-threatening so it is crucial

to get your dog to a vet immediately. Symptoms of an allergic

reaction include problems with breathing and, in severe cases, your

dog could go into shock. There is nothing you will be able to do to

help your dog yourself, he will need urgent attention from a


Other dogs that aren't allergic to penicillin may also develop

side effects. These include:

Wind or flatulence

Digestion problems, including diarrhoea

The development of fungi

Taking the Full Prescription-

Penicillin only works properly if your dog takes the full course

that was prescribed. It is common for pets to look much better a

few days before the course of medication has ended. However, if you

stop giving your dog the penicillin before the course is over then

there is a chance the infection might return. At this point, the

bacteria causing the infection might be immune to the effects of

the penicillin so it will be even harder to cure your dog.

Although it can cause side effects, penicillin is an effective

way of treating infections in dogs. Side effects are rare compared

to the number of dogs that are prescribed penicillin but they are

worth watching out for. Unless your dog has had an allergic

reaction or your vet has told you to stop giving your pet the

medicine, continue with the prescribed course. Soon, the infection

will be gone and your dog can continue living a normal life.

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