i have a blk lab that has been treated by a vet with back to back infections in ears and eyes...he has given us penicillin and said to try this we have already tried eye drops and ear meds that he has given us and also a round of human keflex....anyway has anyone heard of treating a dog with penicillin and any adverse reactions to watch for? thanks in advance.........bandit122
Pen is one of the most widley used antibiotics in animals. Sometimes people are allergic to penicillin although I am not sure if its common in animals, I have never heard of dogs having bad reactions. I keep a bottle of injectable around at all times. I am assuming they gave you some sort of pills. It is safe enough that it can be bought over the counter at most any equine or livestock supply stores. I may have to use some tomrrow on a horse who started coughing tonite. I called the vet and he said give it till after the rain cause their allergies are flared up a little. If it doesnt ease up after that he said he would give her a look. Its supposed to rain tonite so we will see tomorrow. I was sneezing up a lung while she was coughing. How do I get so off topic?
With out knowing more of the type of the infections your dog has, I am not going to second guess your vet, but penicillin is pretty weak antibiotic. It has been so over used over the years, that it lost its effectiveness.
I donít know what you already tried, but the treatments of choice for most type of ear infections are Otomax or ponolog ointment. For the eye infection, Gentamicin drops or ointment is usually pretty effective. Unfortunately, all of these are prescription only. You can get Terramycin eye ointment with no prescription at most feed stores, and try some homeopathic remedies for the ear infection which I wont get in to, but for the good stuff, you are at the mercy of your vet.
If I seem to have a superiority complex, it is because you make it so easy.
dogs can and do hae allergic reactions to penicillin.
it could be that the ear infections and eye infections are due to allergies, in which case antibiotics are not going to be all that helpful. sounds like it might be time to seek out a specialist for these issues, if your et has tried eerything and nothing is being resoled. you will sae a hell of a lot of money in the long run if you can pinpoint what it is you are trying to treat.
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Just this last time I took Bentley in to the vet for his impacted anal glands the vet put him on penicillin, Human penicillin- I guess i always thought there was a dogs version of this medicine but nope i picked it up at my pharmacy.. Me and my 3 daughters are all alegeric to penicillin and amxicillin- and so is my mother, But my sister isnt. I find that werid...lol