My seven week old kitten has a cold. Can I safely treat her with Doxycycline?
Doxycycline is a prescription antibiotic that is licensed to treat a number of common bacterial infections.
Common uses for the drug include the following: Treatment of bacterial infections, such as: Pneumonia; Chlamydia; Plague; Cholera; Certain types of urinary tract infections (UTIs); Gonorrhea; Lyme disease.
An alternative for malaria prevention. Treatment of anthrax infections (including cutaneous anthrax, gastrointestinal anthrax, and inhalational anthrax) Acne treatment; Treatment of rosacea; Treatment of periodontitis (gum disease).
Doxycycline perhaps would not be recommended to treat a kitten seven week old, please do ask a Vet doc.
Take care, best wishes!
Yes please take kitty to the vet. What you may think is a cold, could be a virus, bacterial or fungal infection. The word Cold, in terms of humans using it, is actually a conditon called Rhinovirus and it is a virus. Antibiotics do NOT cure or treat viruses, just bacterial infections that often accompany a cold, such as bronchitis, or sinusitis. I hate to sound judgemental here, but if you don't have the money to take the kitten to the vet, you really don't need to have a pet. Pets are like children in the sense that they need a vets care, both preventative(vaccines and neutering) and also in case they become injured or sick. If you don't have the money to have the kitten seen and treated by a vet, please hock something or take it to someone who does have the money and get this kitty treated quickly. Patti
Cheryl, you need to take the kitty to a vet. Symptoms like a human cold in an animal can mean many things and it takes a vet to sort them out. If the infection is viral, giving an antibiotic wont help and if it is a human dose it could poison your little kitty. You need to take the animal to the vet. If you cannot afford veterinary care then you should probably relinquish the pet. I know that sounds harsh but a responsible pet owner has to be able to do the best for a pet and that is to treat them when they are sick and to be sure they get all of their immunizations. A kitty this little probably hasnt had much done in the way of immunizations and as so is susceptable to many illnesses.
- Doxycycline Information for Consumers
- Doxycycline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Doxycycline (detailed)
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