Amoxicillin is an antibiotic that can be used for a variety of infections in many different species.
Adverse effects with amoxicillin are not very common. Amoxicillin can cause upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea; so giving this medication with food may help alleviate some of the distress. Amoxicillin, however, does not need to be given with food to be efficacious.
It is important to give your pet this medication exactly as prescribed and to not discontinue the drug without consulting with your veterinarian. In order to prevent bacterial resistance, give this medication for as long as your pet's veterinarian prescribes. Symptoms and signs of infection may be gone, but the bacteria may still be present, and your pet may need to remain on the antibiotic. Talk to your pet's veterinarian if you have any questions regarding the dosing schedule for your pet.
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Resistance is a major concern when giving antibiotics. Resistance occurs when bacteria survive and mutate and are then able to survive even after antibiotics are given. To help avoid any resistance, it is important to give antibiotics as they are prescribed for as long as they are prescribed even if your pet is looking and feeling better.