Written by Doris Donnerman (last updated February 17, 2009)
In high school science class, you probably learned that the discovery of penicillin was an accident, a product of happenstance. Penicillin is currently used as a treatment for bacterial infections such as meningitis; it is one of the wonders of modern medicine. While it may be excellent for humans and human illness, penicillin may not work so great with pets.
We use penicillin for many different remedies. As children, probably almost all of us had penicillin prescribed to us at one point or another, because in many ways, it's a universal drug. It can treat multiple maladies quickly and effectively. It may not make sense that penicillin isn't so great for your pets, but the fact is that it isn't. If you're a pet owner, you need to be aware of these things, and do everything in your power to keep your pets safe from harmful substances. If you need more information, then you should definitely ask your vet.
There is so certain proof that penicillin is always bad for pets, but the greatest thing to be concerned about is allergies. Penicillin can be used to treat the cuts, injuries, wounds, and abscesses of dogs, cats, and other pets. It's a basic antibiotic that can be used to treat many maladies and one of the key issues to consider is the method and the dosage of the penicillin. With the method and dosage of the penicillin, your veterinarian will know what to do, but you should know basic allergy symptoms in case something goes wrong.
Basic allergy symptoms include itching, swelling of the mouth, eyes, and face, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. These symptoms are all easy to spot and if you observe these symptoms and your dog is on penicillin, take your dog directly to the veterinarian. Penicillin isn't bad for your dog and all you need to be aware of is the methods the veterinarian uses and the allergy symptoms. Your pet is good to go!
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