Mombu 2011-08-17 16:30:22
My friend’s cat has upper respiratory problems and
my friend just told me yesterday that she had been
giving him close to 500 mg of Amoxicillin each day
during the past couple of days.
This medication had been given to her last week when
she was sick with a flu but then she got better and
didn’t have to take it. So each day she just opened
up a capsule to remove its powder content and mixed
the powder with her cat’s food.
I had to go to buy some Purina DM from a veterinary
hospital last night. So I asked a vet technician about
this medication and he told me that a medium-size cat
only needs about 60 mg per day.
I’ve already told my friend to reduce the dosage but
I’m just wondering if the doses that she has already
given him during the past couple of days can end up
causing problems in the long run.
Also if anybody knows what kind of problems or side
effects this medication can cause please let me know.
Darnit7 2011-08-17 16:31:21
Please tell your friend to take the cat to a vet and to NOT medicate the cat
with her own medication. She can do the cat great harm!
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Mmmaryinla 2011-08-17 16:33:29
The proper dosage is 5-10 mg/lb for cats daily. If the cat weight 8 lbs, you’d
give 40-60mg/day. Your friend will kill all the cats good stoumach bacteria.
She may get bad diarrhea. Go to Petco and get their probiotics called Bene-bac.
It will replace the killed gut flora. There are dosage charts online for cats
if one “must” use human medications.
William hamble 2011-08-19 22:36:37
It’s a good idea to take the complete course of antibiotics even when
you do feel better part way through. Otherwise you just undertreat
the infection and create drug resistant microbes. On the other hand
antibiotics do b***** all for influenza, which is caused by a virus.
Same thing for the cat. If the microbe is not sensitive to amoxicillin
it won’t do a bit of good. An 800% overdose probably isn’t doing any
good either, although amoxicillin is only moderately toxic: the LD50
dose in rats is about 3 grams/kilogram of weight. LD50 is the dose
that kills half of the experimental subjects. Dosage is given as
weight of drug per weight of subject. No, I didn’t do the trial, I
just looked up the data.
Antiboitics are amazing things – they disrupt the metabolism of the
microbe enough for the immune system to clear it out yet don’t
disrupt the metabolism of the patient enough to kill him (usually).
Cheryl 2011-08-19 22:36:58
They certainly are a miracle drug even now. I suppose that is why so
many insist on them for everything, and of course Dr’s usually comply.
I’m glad they are finally getting a clue and educating people about
overuse. Even my old vet used to give Shamrock ABs every time his
allergy problems flared up and caused him to bite so bad that he drew
blood. The new vet doesn’t which I am glad for; it looks ugly but
it’s clearly not infected, no pus.