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Minocycline

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.

Minocycline

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:

Dogs:

  • Soft tissue infections
  • Brucellosis
  • Ehrlichiosis

Cats:

  • 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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  • Q:

    Does 300mg twice a day seem excessive for my 90 lb Lab?
    Asked on 4/24/2015 by Trigger from Kansas

    1 answer

    • A:

      Minocycline is a broad spectrum tetracycline antibiotic useful in treating susceptible bacterial infections. Your veterinarian will determine the proper dose and duration of minocycline for your dog depending on the diagnosis. In general, a recommended dosing range for minocycline is 5-12.5mg/kg every 12 hours. Based on this range and the weight of your dog, 300mg twice daily does not seem excessive. Be sure to follow all dosing directions from your veterinarian to ensure the best possible outcome for your pet.

      Thank you,
      VetRxDirect

      Answered on 4/28/2015 by VetRxDirect
  • Q:

    I have this from the Vet but have moved do  I need a prescription to get more?
    Asked on 4/2/2015 by Panda from North Carolina, United States

    1 answer

    • A:

      Yes, this medication does require a prescription.

      Thank you,
      VetRxDirect

      Answered on 4/3/2015 by VetRxDirect
  • Q:

    Can Minocycline be given w/Clavamox. Dog was in a fight but has been taking Minocycline for Lyme Disease. Weighs 60 lbs
    Asked on 3/25/2015 by Judi6 from Middlesex, NJ, United States

    1 answer

    • A:

      Minocycline is a human labeled prescription tetracycline antibiotic used in both dogs and cats. Clavamox is a veterinary labeled prescription penicillin antibiotic combined with a beta-lactamase inhibitor, which enhances the penicillin activity. There is the potential for a drug-drug interaction with the concurrent usage of tetracyclines and penicillins. The clinical significance of this interaction is currently unclear. It is recommended that you contact your veterinarian to ensure they are aware of the prior Clavamox usage and to determine if the concurrent usage of these medications is the best therapy option for your dog.

      Thank you,
      VetRxDirect

      Answered on 4/7/2015 by VetRxDirect
  • Q:

    My dog is 15 lbs. How much and how often would Minocycline be taken?
    Asked on 3/23/2015 by flem from Mississippi, United States

    1 answer

    • A:

      Minocycline is a prescription-only product that is used to treat certain infections. The dose, frequency, and duration of minocycline therapy varies depending on what it is being used for. Talk to your veterinarian about dosing minocycline for your pet.

      Thank you,
      VetRxDirect

      Answered on 6/5/2015 by VetRxDirect
  • Q:

    Small breed dog 7 pounds can I give him minocycline 50 mgs for gum disease 
    Asked on 11/15/2014 by Kita from Mission, TX, United States

    1 answer

    • A:

      Kita,

      The use of antibiotics for routine treatment of dental disease is a debated topic among veterinary professionals. Antibiotic administration may be used as an adjunctive therapy in specific cases or following tooth extraction or professional cleaning. Minocycline is not routinely used in gum disease, however, the your veterinarian may decide that minocycline is the best option for your dog. Ask your veterinarian to help you develop a plan specific to your pet that you can implement at home to improve your dog’s oral health. Thorough execution of this plan plus periodic professional cleanings, will help improve oral hygiene and will lead to a healthier life for the pet.

      Thank you,
      VetRxDirect

      Answered on 11/24/2014 by VetRxDirect from VetRxDirect
  • Q:

    Can i use my minocycline prescription for my dog?
    Asked on 8/17/2014 by Lisa23 from missouri

    1 answer

    • A:

      No, we can only accept prescriptions from veterinarians written for a pet.

      Thank you,
      VetRxDirect

      Answered on 8/19/2014 by VetRxDirect from VetRxDirect
  • Q:

    My dog was put on Minocycline 100mg capsules twice/day for 30 days to treat Lyme disease. She is a 29lb shetland sheepdog. Since she's been on it she will not eat her dog food but will eat table foods like chicken, eggs etc. Is this temporary?
    Asked on 7/26/2014 by Sassy1 from Providence, RI, United States

    1 answer

    • A:

      Unfortunately stomach upset and intestinal side effects are very common with minocycline. It is very important that you stay on track and finish the course of minocycline. These effects should go away once the minocycline is complete. Contact your veterinarian to discuss these side effects if they become worse or your dog exhibits other concerning behavior.

      Thank you,
      VetRxDirect

      Answered on 7/31/2014 by VetRxDirect from VetRxDirect
  • Q:

    My Chihuahua is taking minocycline for Lyme disease. He has started passing out especially when eating and going to the bathroom. Could this have anything to do with the med.
    Asked on 6/15/2014 by bandit from PA, United States

    1 answer

    • A:

      Bandit,

      The most common side effects associated with this medication in dogs and cats are nausea and vomiting, but there are potential side effects such as dizziness and lightheadedness reported in pets taking this medication. We recommend contacting your dog’s veterinarian to discuss these observed symptoms.

      Thank you,
      VetRxDirect

      Answered on 6/19/2014 by VetRxDirect from VetRxDirect
  • Q:

    This is the only acne product that has worked for me. I don't have insurance anymore.  How long would it take for me to receive if ordered
    Asked on 4/17/2014 by thatDude from California, United States

    1 answer

    • A:

      While this is a human medication that is used off-label in veterinary medicine, we do not dispense for human use. We are licensed to dispense for veterinary use only, and cannot accept prescriptions from any doctors except licensed United States veterinarians.

      Thank you,
      VetRxDirect

      Answered on 4/18/2014 by VetRxDirect from VetRxDirect
  • Q:

    WHAT IS RECOMMENDED DOSAGE FOR 10 LB DOG?
    Asked on 1/25/2014 by FIFTYCHILD from MISSOURI

    1 answer

    • A:

      Minocycline dosage will vary depending on the type and severity of infection that is being treated. The veterinarian will diagnose your dog’s infection to determine the appropriate dose and duration of this medication. Please contact your veterinarian for advice specific to your dog’s infection.

      Thank you,
      VetRxDirect

      Answered on 1/29/2014 by VetRxDirect from VetRxDirect
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