How much penicillin do you give a 60 pound dog?
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
source - http:/www.vetinfo.com/side-effects-penicillin.html
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.