cephalexin for dogs and cats

Cephalexin (Keflex®, Rilexine®) for Dogs and Cats

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Overview of Cephalexin for Canines and Felines

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Brand Names and Other Names of Cephalexin

Uses of Cephalexin for Dogs and Cats

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Precautions and Side Effects

Key Points About Giving Cephalexin to Your Pet

  • Cephalexin is an antibiotic used in dogs and cats to treat various respiratory, urinary, and skin infections.
  • Cephalexin is commonly prescribed due to its effectiveness, low occurrence of side effects, and minimal cost.
  • Cephalexin is not available over the counter. It is a prescription drug. A prescription can be obtained from your veterinarian and filled at veterinary hospitals or most human pharmacies.
  • Cephalexin may be used in combination with other antibiotics to combat a larger spectrum of bacteria.
  • It is normal for cephalexin to have a sulfur-like smell (somewhat similar to cat urine).
  • The dosage, duration, and frequency of treatment varies depending upon the underlying condition, response to the medication, and the development of adverse effects.
  • The most common side effects are nausea and vomiting. If this occurs, cephalexin should be given with food or a treat.
  • You should see therapeutic benefit within 24 to 48 of initiating therapy. If you do not see an improvement in your pet’s clinical signs, please contact your veterinarian.

Drug and Laboratory Test Interactions

How Cephalexin Is Supplied and Stored

Dosing Information of Cephalexin for Dogs and Cats