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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Clavamox For Dogs Kennel Cough | Antibiotic Treatment

If you're worried about your dog kennel cough and wanted to know How Clavamox Treats Kennel Cough in Dogs?. Then you're in the right place. Because, today in the following article, I would explain all the information about using antibiotic drugs for pets

Clavamox is an antibiotic drug, used to treat several types of soft tissue infections, urinary tract infection, periodontal disease, wounds, pyoderma in dogs, and cats. Due to its high efficacy, palatability, and acceptance by the pets, this is the first choice by the Veterinarians and Dog's owners to treat kennel cough or canine tracheobronchitis in dogs.


Tracheo means the "windpipe" and bronchitis mean the "inflammation of the mucous membrane". So, the tracheobronchitis or kennel cough may be defined as the inflammation of the mucous membrane inside the trachea or windpipe (upper respiratory tract) is known as kennel cough.

Why Use Clavamox For Kennel Cough In Dogs?

So, this may be the first question that should be raised in your mind. Why use Clavamox Chewable Tablets for tracheobronchitis or upper respiratory tract infection in dogs? As, there are so many other fluoroquinolones (class of antibiotic drugs: marbofloxacin, ciprofloxacin, etc), cephalosporin (class of antibiotic drugs: cephalexin, cefaclor, cefuroxime, etc) and other broad-spectrum antibiotics are present to treat a range of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. 

Before I answered that question, I want to share some information about CLAVAMOX.


Clavamox chewable, pork liver-flavored, tablets contain Amoxicillin and Clavulanic Acid (Potassium Clavulanate) together. Amoxicillin is a beta-lactam antibiotic that kills bacteria directly by disrupting the cell wall of bacteria. 

Some bacteria are guarded by beta-lactamase enzymes, that hold amoxicillin away from them. Clavulanic acid or potassium clavulanate is a beta-lactamase inhibitor. It inhibits the Beta-lactamase enzymes that guard bacteria and hold amoxicillin from working. Thus, this dual-action formula provides the best antibiotic to treat kennel cough in dogs or CIRDC (canine infectious respiratory disease complex) syndrome. 

Clavamox Dosage for Kennel Cough in Dogs

Dosage is the most part to remember, because overdose may cause some unwanted consequences and other problems for your dog. Clavamox chewable tablets are available in four different strengths. They comes in 62.5mg, 125mg, 250mg and 375mg dosage form.

A Veterinarian may suggest the best dosage plan for your pet after diagnosing the infection. The diagnostic method may include an X-Ray of your dog's chest, sometimes, bacteria culture, etc. Tracheobronchitis or kennel cough usually disappears after 10 days (if taking dose properly).  

Here is the recommended dose of Clavamox for your dog's kennel cough.

WEIGHT (LB)                                            Clavamox Dosage (MG)

10 LB                                                                 62.5MG (once daily)
20 LB                                                                62.5MG (twice daily) or 125MG (once daily)
40 LB                                                                125MG (twice daily)  or  250MG (once daily)
60 LB                                                                375MG (once daily)
80 LB                                                               250MG (twice daily) 
100 LB                                                             250MG (Thrice daily)

This is just for your information only, A Veterinarian may suggest the best dosage plan for your pet after diagnosing the infection severity and condition.

The Recovery Time Period

If you're worried about the duration of treatment as it may be costly to revisit the Veterinarian again and again. The actual recovery time for kennel cough in dogs may vary, as some may recover fast, as within 3 weeks of treatment. But some may take more than 6 weeks to recover from that honking noise, dry cough.

The fast recovery needs a strong immune system. Bacteria (more occasionally Bordetella Bronchiseptica) and viruses (like canine distemper, parainfluenza, etc) both simultaneously infect the dog's upper respiratory tract and cause tracheobronchitis (inflammation of the windpipe). Using some kind of Immuno booster, Vitamin C supplement may help to recover from that disease fast. 

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