Antibiotics for Pets 101

You’ve heard of antibiotics for humans, and have almost certainly taken some yourself. The same medication works for pets! (Though you should never give your pet an antibiotic prescribed for a human.) Learn more below from a vet White Rock, TX. 

What Do Antibiotics Do, Exactly?

Antibiotics kill bacteria that is on or inside your pet’s body. They function by weakening bacteria, interfering with the ability of bacteria to replicate, or by stopping bacteria from repairing itself, depending on the type of antibiotic. Take note: antibiotics do not treat viral infections, only bacterial ones! 

How Are Antibiotics Administered?

Some antibiotics are applied topically in the form of gels or ointments. Others are given orally in a pill or tablet form. Remember that some antibiotics should be given to your pet with food to improve absorption of the medication, while others must be given on an empty stomach. 

Is There Any Chance of Side Effects?

It’s not common, but some pets can experience side effects like vomiting or diarrhea after taking antibiotics. Tell your veterinarian if your pet seems to be responding poorly to his or her medication.

Need help with your pet’s medication regimen? Contact your veterinarian White Rock, TX.