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Veterinarians often turn to Minocycline to treat a variety of bacterial infections. This prescription medication is a broad-spectrum antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections of the skin, urinary tract, and respiratory system. It’s also prescribed for treating Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease.

  • Treats bacterial infections in cats and dogs
  • Versatile, broad spectrum antibiotic
  • Low risk of side effects
  • Small capsules for easy dosing


Prescription Minocycline is an effective, broad-spectrum antibiotic. It’s part of the tetracycline antibiotic family. Minocycline is prescribed by veterinarians for a wide range of bacterial infections in dogs and cats. Your pet may take Minocycline to treat respiratory infections, skin infections, or urinary tract infections. This medication is also prescribed for specific diseases including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Chlamydia, and Lyme disease. Minocycline is available in small capsules that are easy to administer to cats and dogs.


What you should know about Minocycline:

  • Talk to your pet's veterinarian before using this product.
  • Follow dosing directions exactly - don’t give your pet more medication than directed and don’t skip doses.
  • Read the label carefully for information about storage, possible side effects, and drug interactions.


For additional information about Minocycline, click the “More Information” and “Package Insert” tabs above. 


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.


Mincocyline is in a group of antibiotics call tetracyclines prescribed by veterinarians to treat a range of gram-positive infections.  Prescription Minocycline works by stopping the growth of bacteria in the body, which slows and eventually stops the infection. Minocycline is particularly potent because it’s a broad-spectrum treatment effective against many bacterial infections in dogs and cats including:

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Respiratory infections
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Lyme Disease
  • Skin infections
  • Tick Fever (Ehrlichiosis)

Minocycline can also be prescribed in pets to treat:


  • Soft tissue infections
  • Brucellosis
  • Ehrlichiosis


  • Hemotropic mycoplasmosis
  • Nocardosis 

Minocycline has few side effects other than some gastrointestinal effects such as nausea and vomiting.  To minimize GI effects, Minocycline should be taken with food.  This medication may be given to dogs and cats with renal insufficiency. Talk to your pet's veterinarian about drug interactions Minocycline may have with other medications your pet is taking. 

You can find a human-labeled package insert which provides more detailed information on Minocycline's indications, forms of administration, and side effects along with other clinical information by following the link below.

This information is written for product use in people, but may be helpful to you when giving the Minocycline capsules to your pet.

Minocycline is sold as a FDA approved generic drug. Brand varies from order to order and variation to variation. The provided link is directed to the brand available at the time of this publication. VetRxDirect is unable to guarantee which brand will be available at the time of order shipment.

Minocycline Package Insert


Minocycline's package insert does not take the place of instructions from your pet's veterinarian. Talk to your pet's veterinarian or pharmacist if you do not understand any of the information provided in this document or if you have any questions about Minocycline antibiotic capsules for Dogs and Cats.


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