INFECTIONS AND ANTIBIOTICS
The thing to remember in using veterinary antibiotics is the dosage to use as the recommended dosages are for animals with larger body mass, you will have to break down the dosage to your size or the size of your patient. Here is a chart used by vets for animal dosing. Use it to figure out the appropriate dosage for yourself.
Antibiotic Canine Dosage Feline Dosage
Amoxicillin 5mg per lb. every 12 hrs 5mg per lb. daily
Ampicillin 10mg per lb. every 6 hrs same
Tetracyclin 10mg per lb. every 8 hrs same
PEN BP-4B 1cc per 20lbs injected every 48 hrs. do not use on cats
Penicillin (300K units/mil) 1ml per 30lbs injected once. same
Again, this is not ideal. But if you have no other options, at least you can do something.
Tetracyclin is sold in powder form that when mixed with water can be used to treat infections. Typically it is used to treat respiratory, sinus and ear infections along with urinary tract and intestinal infections. Two issues with Tetracyclin, one, once mixed with water, it only lasts one day, so keep it in the powdered state until needed. Two, if you are pregnant, this is a no-no. Suffer through the infection and if you can, find another option. It is available in feed stores and veterinary supply warehouses. Other infections treated with Tetracycline include malaria, bubonic plague, cholera, Chlamydia, typhus, syphilis, anthrax, and Legionnaires disease. Do not overdose on this, use small doses and IF THERE IS ANOTHER OPTION, TAKE IT!
OTHER ANTIBIOTICS SOLD IN FEED STORES
Amoxicillin is a broad spectrum penicillin antibiotic for infections 5 – 10mg/pound.
Ampicillin is a penicillin based antibiotic used by animal owners for bacterial infections. Check the local feed store or veterinarian supply. Find a vet who ‘gets it’ and tell him or her that the supply is for your crisis medicine collection.
Aureomycin is another penicillin based antibiotic hospitals use for victims of gunshot or knife wounds. It’s also used to treat STD’s worldwide.
Calf Scours Pills very strong antibiotic for, well calves. It’s available in feed stores for under $30 for a large bottle of them. Remember that calves are usually 200-300 pounds so try to account for that in dosing.
Ciprofloxacin one antibiotic not related to penicillin. It may interact with diabetes medication.
Fishicillin or similarly named antibiotics for fish, found in exotic fish stores there are a variety of names to look for, but if this is your only option, use it.
Penicillin is widely available in veterinary supply houses, feed stores and dentists offices. It burns upon being injected so be aware of that and mix with some glucose or sterilized saline or some dimethyl sulfoxide.
** Always have some Epinephrine on hand in case you learn the hard way that you are allergic to penicillin. Epipens, etc.
Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim is a very strong antibiotic medication prescribed by veterinarians. These medications are so strong, that they have not met the FDA approval for use in veterinary care. i.e., the company didn’t pay the FDA “FEE”.
Tylan – is another very strong antibiotic available overseas and at some feed stores.
Zithromax – strong series of antibiotics given over a seven to 10 day period. Available in the US with prescription and outside the US on the discretion of the pharmacist.