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.
Listen, don't bother asking people who don't know, for advice. The answer, no matter what the question, is always "take to the Vet!" Let ME save you some money, here is your @$138 question:
My kitten, according to the Vet, is 5 weeks old (I think it is older, maybe 7 weeks, it is a feral from under my shed) but on the assumption of "Feral kitten" being only 5 weeks old, he was prescribed .5 ml of a strength of 50 mg/ml Doxycycline, once a day. The older cats are .5 ml every 12 hours. NEVER give Doxycycline in tablet form to your cat if you can avoid it.. it will cause horrid ulcers in their throats.. if you only have tablet form, then smash it into a powder and mix it with water, before giving it, and follow with more water - NO MILK! and try to avoid food - the calcium will interact and rot their teeth and food will decrease absorption.
The typical dose administered to cats is 2.5 mg per pound every 12 hours orally - the kitten is on a high dosage because of the severity of his illness ..his eyes were nearly bulging out of his head from the swelling :( it is a do or die situation with him.
Have a Nice Day!
- Doxycycline Information for Consumers
- Doxycycline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Doxycycline (detailed)
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