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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Simplicef For Dogs Skin Infection | Best Canine Antibiotic

Canine and feline are always vulnerable to get a skin infection, especially when you bring them outdoors for a walk. If you're a dog owner, probably you have been encountered this problem. The dermal infection or pyoderma in dogs has more than one culprit i.e, bacteria, fungi or yeast, parasites like molds, fleas, ticks, and other insects. The dog's skin consists of three layers, the outermost layer, median or middle layer, and the innermost layer. 

There are many symptoms you may see if a dog has developed a pyoderma. Redness on the dog's body, fluid-filled sacs on the dermis, pus draining out of the cutis, hot spots, inflammation of skin tissues, itching, etc. Antibiotics like Simplicef (cefpodoxime proxetil) are usually used to treat pyoderma in canine and feline.
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Simplicef Cefpodoxime Proxetil For Dogs Bacterial Infections
Simplicef is the best veterinary antibacterial composition by the Zoetis pharmaceutical company. Its generic name is Cefpodoxime proxetil. It's a third-generation cephalosporin (the class of antibiotic drugs), which treat a variety of bacterial infections in dogs. Cefpodoxime is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that works against a broad range of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria

Cefpodoxime (Simplicef) inhibits the growth of bacteria or directly kills bacteria by disrupting the bacterial cell wall. It is FDA (Food and Drug Authority) approved veterinary antibiotic brand to fight against a broad range of bacteria i.e, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumonia, Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus saprophyticus, Escherichia coli, Proteus mirabilis, etc. 

Causes Of Skin Infection In Dogs

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How To Treat Bacterial Infections In Dogs?

All canines including poodles, bulldog, labrador retriever may develop a dermis infection or pyoderma. The word "Pyo-derma" means pus on the skin. Pyo means pus and derma mean the skin. There are so many reasons that infect the dog body;
  • Bacteria: it's the most common reason behind pyoderma in pets. Some bacteria live in a dog's body and become active if a dog gets some kind of dermis injury, trauma, or living with poor hygiene.
  • Fungus or Yeast: Second common reason behind skin diseases in dogs. These micro-organisms also found on pets' bodies. The abnormal overgrowth of fungi on the dog's epidermis may cause fungal infection in dogs. This type of infection needs some kind of antifungal drugs to cure. Fluconazole, terbinafine, clotrimazole, are the anti-fungal drugs used available in oral tablets, topical shampoo, and cream forms that treat fungal or yeast infections in dogs very well. 
  • Parasites: The third unwanted guests that always present on pets' skin. Molds, mites, ticks, fleas, ringworm are some of their examples. You must use anti-parasitic shampoos to avoid parasitic infections in dogs. Because if a parasite like ringworm burrows the dog's skin, it may cause itching. So, persistent scratching may cause hair loss, rashes, redness, inflammation, secondary bacterial infection, etc. 

How Does Simplicef Treat Skin Infection In Dogs?

If a dog has developed a superficial bacterial Pyoderma, staph infection, then you need to visit your veterinary doctor. Because, if the infection left untreated, the condition may be worse over time. Simplicef is an antibiotic drug that is used to treat pyoderma in dogs. It contains Cefpodoxime proxetil which kills bacteria as well as stops the bacterial activity in the body.
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Pyoderma Treatment For Dogs
It belongs to cephalosporins, class of antibiotic drugs, and is highly effective against a broad range of bacterial infection in dogs. It treats upper respiratory tract infection, ear infection, nose infection, all types of pyoderma in dogs, urinary tract infection, soft tissue diseases, wounds, and abscesses, etc.

Simplicef dosage for skin infection in dogs

It is available in film-coated tablets form. It has two strengths 100mg (reddish-orange) and 200mg (light orange). It's a prescription antibiotic drug, which is only available on a registered veterinarian prescription only. You can never buy this medication for your dog without a vet prescription. It's not an over-the-counter drug for skin infection.

So, a veterinarian may suggest the best dosage plan for a dog after diagnosing the cause of infection and it's severity. It's FDA approved drug and has a recommended dose of minimum 2.3mg/lb to a maximum of 4.5mg/lb to treat bacterial skin infections in dogs.


Simplicef Dosage by 2.3mg/lb
Weight in Pounds
Dose in Milligrams
11lb
25mg daily or 100mg tablet 1/4th daily
22lb
50mg daily or 100mg tablet Half (1/2) daily
33lb
75mg daily or 100mg tablet 3/4th daily
44lb
100mg tablet daily
55lb
125mg daily or 100mg tablet 1+1/4 daily
66lb
150mg daily or 100mg tablet 1+1/2 daily
77lb
175mg daily or 100mg tablet 1+3/4 daily
88lb
200mg tablet daily (within 24 hours)
99lb
225mg daily or 200mg + 100mg tablet 1/4th daily

Simplicef Dosage by 4.5mg/lb
Weight in Pounds
Dose in Milligrams
11lb
50mg daily or 100mg tablet 1/2 daily
22lb
100mg tablet daily
33lb
150mg daily or 100mg tablet 1+1/2 daily
44lb
200mg tablet daily
55lb
200mg+100mg 1/4 tablet daily (250mg in total)
66lb
3000mg daily or 100mg+200mg tablet daily
77lb
200mg tablet 1+3/4 daily or 350mg daily
88lb
200mg tablet twice daily (12 hourly)
99lb
200mg twice daily + 100mg half daily or 450mg in total daily

Cefpodoxime proxetil is very effective against a broad range of bacterial diseases. Where you just need to stop bacterial growth or to kill bacteria cells.

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