Are you considering taking Clavamox, a “veterinary antibiotic medication”, for yourself – because you are sick?

While Clavamox contains the same active ingredients as some antibiotics approved for humans – it is not recommended or approved for human use.

In this article, I will explain the potential side-effects and risks of using veterinary drugs in humans, as well as the differences between Clavamox and the human-approved antibiotic, Augmentin.

Before considering taking any medication not prescribed for you by a medical professional – it is crucial for you to understand the potential dangers, please consult with a doctor you trust, for proper diagnosis and treatment.

What exactly is Clavamox?

Clavamox is a type of antibiotic medication that is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections in dogs and cats. It contains two active ingredients, amoxicillin and clavulanic acid.

Amoxicillin is a type of penicillin antibiotic that works by inhibiting the growth and reproduction of bacteria, while clavulanic acid helps to prevent certain types of bacteria from developing resistance to the amoxicillin.

Clavamox is typically given orally – in the form of tablets or drops! The dosage and duration of treatment with Clavamox depends on the type and severity of the infection – as well as the Bodys response to this antibiotic.

It’s important for you to note: Clavamox is not effective against viral infections – and antibiotics should not be used to treat non-bacterial infections.

Read also: Clavamox for treating Upper Respiratority Infections in Dogs

Is it Safe for Humans to take Clavamox?

Clavamox is a type of antibiotic that is approved for use in dogs and cats, but Clavamox is not approved for use in humans. The safety and efficacy of the drug has not been evaluated by scientific studies in humans! 

So Humans can NOT safely take Clavamox intended for Dogs!


Clavamox contains two active ingredients: Amoxicillin and Clavulanic acid, which you also can find in other antibiotics that are approved for use in humans! 

Consider: There are no qualified scientific studies on the effects of Clavamox in humans; the specific combination and dosage of the drugs in Clavamox is not intended for human use.

Common Side Effects of Clavamox

The common side effects of Clavamox (amoxicillin and clavulanic acid) in dogs and cats may include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Stomach upset

In some rare cases – Clavamox may cause more serious side effects in Dogs – such as:

  • Allergic reactions: Hives, difficulty of breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Blood disorders: Anemia, bleeding or bruising more easily than normal
  • Liver or kidney problems
  • Skin rash or itching

Note: these are for sure not all the possible side effects of Clavamox –  ff you notice any unusual symptoms in your pet after starting a treatment with Clavamox, you should contact your veterinarian immediately!

Clavamox is a Drug for Animals!

Clavamox is the trademark of Zoetis Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Pfizer pharmaceuticals company. ZOETIS pharmaceutical is famous for his work in the animal drugs industry. Is it NOT advisable for humans to take Clavamox!

This company has provided many beneficial veterinary drugs to treat chronic diseases in animals such as kittens, pets, cats, foxes, lions, etc. I don’t really understand why people want to consume veterinary medicines that are specially formulated for animals. 

It’s significantly labeled on all veterinary drugs like Clavamox, that they are not suitable to admister in humans.

Why you would use Clavamox for Humans?

Remember, you don’t need to use veterinary medicine for yourself or someone else (humans). In the case of Clavamox which contains amoxicillin trihydrate and clavulanic acid (clavulanate potassium)!

Perhaps you are confused – as this antibiotic preparation (amoxicillin trihydrate and clavulanate potassium) also treats a broad range of bacterial infections in humans as well as in animals.

Amoxicillin trihydrate and Clavulanic acid preparation treat a variety of aerobic as well as anaerobic bacteria’s infections in humans. But, you must not buy Clavamox, an FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved drug to use in animals (only).

The same preparation is available by the brand name “Augmentin “. Augmentin is a Glaxosmithkline pharmaceutical product, which contains the same preparation (amoxicillin trihydrate and clavulanic acid) as Clavamox.

Difference between Clavamox and Augmentin

Augmentin and Clavamox is not the same:

Augmentin is the trademark of GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) Pharmaceuticals that also contains the same ingredients (co-amoxiclav) as Clavamox i.e, amoxicillin trihydrate and clavulanic acid.

But Augmentin is FDA approved to treat infectious diseases in human beings. 

augmentin for humans
Augmentin (Amoxicillin trihydrate and Clavulanic acid) for Humans

Clavamox is the trademark of Zoetis Pharmaceuticals that contains amoxicillin trihydrate and clavulanic acid, uses to treat all kinds of bacterial infections in animals like pets, cats, etc. It’s available in chewable tablets are oral drops form.

Dogs and cats easily accept these chewable tablets due to their taste (pork liver-flavor). It’s FDA approved drug to treat diseases in canines and felines.

It’s available in 375mg, 625mg, and 1000mg film-coated tablets form for adults as well as 125mg/5ml and 250mg/5ml oral suspension form for children below 12 years of age. Augmention drops (62.5mg/ml) are also available in the market to treat infections in children below 2 years.

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Doctor Xeeshan

Doctor Xeeshan

I am Doctor Xeeshan, located in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. In this blog, I am providing authentic information about dog breeds, diseases, medications, etc.


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