My dog and I were attacked by another dog and I cannot afford a vet bill, so I went to the ER and was prescribed cephalexin 500mg tablets. Can I give them to my dog as well because his neck where he was bitten has swollen up just like my hands did?
Cephalexin is a very useful antibiotic commonly prescribed for dogs and cats, however human and canine dosages can vary greatly and it would be based on your dog's exact weight. Also, you will need to take your prescription exactly as prescribed until they're all used.
I realize that veterinarian costs can be expensive but your dog really should be seen. Dog bites can easily become abscesses that may require surgical intervention.
You might consider calling your veterinarian's office and asking whether they accept Care Credit which is a care plan that you can pay back slowly often without interest being charged. The staff can explain the options and you can apply and get an immediate answer.
Best regards and good luck to you and your pupper.
- Cephalexin Information for Consumers
- Cephalexin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cephalexin (detailed)
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