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Benefits of Zeniquin for Canine Infections

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Some canine infections are harder to treat than others. With the antibiotics available on the market, your veterinarian knows the best option for your dog. Zeniquin is used to treat more difficult infections such as urinary tract infections.

Dogs can get many of the same types of infections as we do and finding the right treatment is difficult. Though there are many antibiotics on the market, not all work as a cure-all for all infections. Zeniquin, also known as Marbofloxacin, is an antibiotic used for many types of bacterial infections, including urinary tract infections, cystitis, skin disease and other canine infections. It should not be used on young or nursing dogs, as it can have an adverse effect on developing bones and joints.

Zeniquin comes from the group of fluoroquinolones and is a synthetic antibiotic that is used to treat infections in dogs that are caused by a bacterium. Zeniquin inhibits bacterial enzymes and prevents replication of bacterial cells, resulting in death of the bacteria. This medication is used to treat serious infections, by prescription only. Zeniquin is normally prescribed to treat upper and lower urinary tract infections. Treatment has also been successful on skin infections, cystitis and other susceptible bacterial infections. Dogs with kidney problems are vulnerable to renal failure on Zeniquin. Results vary with each dog and if your dog is resistant to this medication, other options are available.

Zeniquin is available in 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg and 200 mg tablet form and is prescribed generally at a dose of 1.25 mg per pound of body weight, depending on the severity of the infection. Treatment lasts for at least 10 days and, per your veterinarian’s advice, administer the medication until it is gone, even if your dog shows signs of improvement. Since the medication is not very tasty to your dog, you may typically need to hide the pill in a piece of food, in a pill pocket (sold at pet stores,) or crushed in the food or water.

Some visible side effects may be loss of appetite, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, lethargy and, in rare occasions, behavior changes, shaking and constant thirst. If you notice any of these side effects, contact your veterinarian.

Do not give this medication to your dog if there are concerns about allergies to Zeniquin. If you notice your dog having an allergic reaction such as facial swelling, hives, scratching, diarrhea, pale gums, vomiting, shock, seizures, coma or cold limbs, it is imperative that you contact your veterinarian immediately. If your dog cannot tolerate Zeniquin, the side effects can cause further health issues. Other options are available for your dog and the veterinarian will be happy to discuss the best solution to meet your needs and that of your pet. This medication should not be used for dogs with kidney or liver disease. It should also not be used for very young dogs, as they are still growing, and it can lead to bone and cartilage defects.



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