Doxycycline for dogs: what it is for and dose


Fortunately, owners are increasingly aware of the importance of treating their pet's health in a respectful and safe way for their organism, however, this is not always possible and sometimes it is necessary to resort to pharmacological therapy.

Knowing better those drugs that are usually used to treat our dog will help us understand that self-medication is never viable and will also allow us to know in advance the problems that may arise from a certain treatment and that need veterinary attention.

In this Animal Expert article we talk about Uses and side effects of doxycycline in dogs.

What is doxycycline?

Doxycycline is a antibiotic drug It belongs to the group of tetracyclines and is indicated to fight infections of bacterial origin, not having any type of action against viruses or fungi.

It acts against gram positive and gram negative bacteria with a bacteriostatic mechanism of action, that is to say, it does not cause the death of the bacteria but if it interacts with the wall of the same preventing its reproduction, therefore, the bacteria dies without leaving offspring and this process finally ends the infection.

Uses of doxycycline in dogs

Doxycycline can only be used in dogs when it has been prescribed by the veterinarian, since depending on the type of infection, it will determine if the bacteria that produce it are susceptible to the action of this antibiotic.

Some of the most common pathologies in which doxycycline is used are the following:

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Respiratory infections
  • Topical infections
  • Bacterial diseases
  • Leptospirosis

Usually Doxycycline is given orally, either in tablets or in syrup, however, in severe cases or where the animal cannot swallow properly, the veterinarian will proceed to administer it through injectables.

What side effects does doxycycline produce in dogs?

Doxycycline It is safe and produces few side effectsHowever, the following have been observed in some animals:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Tooth color change

If our dog takes other medications, broader adverse reactions can be observed, since Doxycycline can interact with numerous drugs, that is why the prescription of a professional is so important, since the veterinarian will determine which is the most indicated antibiotic taking into account the medication that our dog takes.

Prevent the side effects of doxycycline

Not all side effects of doxycycline can be prevented, however, diarrhea caused by changes in the intestinal flora can be easily controlled, for this, when your veterinarian prescribes doxycycline to your dog do not hesitate to ask for advice about which is the best probiotic to administer.

The probiotics For dogs they are products that contain strains of bacteria present naturally and beneficially in the intestinal tract of our pet, in this way, the antibiotic will not alter the intestinal flora and with this we will also be able to maintain the immune system in good shape.

This article is purely informative, at we have no power to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any kind of diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian in case he presents any type of condition or discomfort.

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Is this medication prescribed for what conditions or diseases?

Doxycycline is used to treat certain infections caused by bacteria, including pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections, and certain infections of the skin or eyes, infections of the lymphatic system, digestive system, reproductive system, and urinary system, and some other infections that spread through ticks, lice, mites, infected animals, or contaminated food and water. It is also used with other medications to treat acne. Doxycycline injection is also used to treat or prevent anthrax (a serious infection that can be spread on purpose as part of a bioterrorism attack) in people who may have been exposed to anthrax in the air and to treat pests and tularemia (a serious infection that can be spread on purpose as part of a bioterrorism attack). It is also used to prevent malaria. Doxycycline can also be used in people who cannot be treated with penicillin to treat certain types of food poisoning. Doxycycline (Oracea) is only used to treat pimples and bumps caused by rosacea (a skin disease that causes redness, redness and pimples on the face). Doxycycline is in a class of medications called tetracycline antibiotics. It works as a treatment for infections by preventing the multiplication and spread of bacteria. It works as a treatment for acne by eliminating bacteria that infect pores and decreasing certain natural fatty substance that causes acne. It works as a treatment for rosacea by decreasing the inflammation that causes this condition.

Antibiotics such as doxycycline do not work to fight colds, influenza or other viral infections. Using antibiotics when they are not necessary increases the risk of getting an infection later, which resists antibiotic treatment.

How should this medicine be used?

The presentation of doxycycline is in capsules, delayed-release capsules, tablets, delayed-release tablets and in suspension (liquid) for oral administration. Usually, doxycycline is taken once or twice a day. Drink a glass of water with each dose. If you have stomach discomfort when taking doxycycline, you can take it with food or milk. However, if doxycycline is taken with milk or with food, the amount of medication that the stomach absorbs may decrease. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the best way to take doxycycline. Follow the instructions on the prescription label carefully and ask the doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take doxycycline exactly as directed. Do not take a larger or smaller amount of the medicine, or take it more often than the doctor tells you.

Swallow the delayed-release tablets and Acticlate CAP capsules whole, do not split, chew or crush them.

If you cannot swallow some delayed-release tablets (Doryx, generics) whole, carefully split the tablet and pour the contents of the tablet into a tablespoon of cold applesauce or at room temperature (not hot). Be careful not to crush or damage any of the granules while parting the tablet. Eat the mixture immediately and swallow without chewing. If the mixture cannot be consumed immediately, it must be discarded.

Before using the suspension, shake it well to mix the medicine evenly.

If you take doxycycline as a prevention of malaria, start taking it 1 or 2 days before traveling to the place where malaria is present. Continue to take doxycycline every day while you are at the site and for 4 weeks after returning. You should not take doxycycline as a prevention of malaria for more than 4 months.

Continue to take doxycycline even if you feel well. Take all medications until you are finished, unless your doctor gives you another instruction.

No doxycycline product can be substituted for another. Be sure to receive only the type of doxycycline your doctor prescribed. If you have any questions about the type of doxycycline that was prescribed for you, talk to your pharmacist.

What other use is given to this medicine?

Doxycycline can also be used for the treatment of malaria. It can also be used to treat Lyme disease or to prevent it in certain people who have been bitten by a tick. In addition, it can be used to prevent infections in people who have been sexually abused. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this medication to treat your condition.

This medicine is sometimes prescribed for other uses, ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.