Clindamycin is a commonly used antibiotic in veterinary medicine. Clindamycin is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. Some of its more common applications include treatment of dental infections, abscesses, infected wounds, and infected bones.
Clindamycin most frequently is administered orally. Capsules and liquid formulations are readily available. Compounding pharmacies may be able to produce palatable suspensions or tablets to ease administration to pets.
Veterinarians occasionally administer clindamycin by injection.
Like all antibiotics, gastrointestinal upset (nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, or loss of appetite) is the leading side effect of clindamycin. The risk of side effects may be reduced by giving the medication with food. Ask your veterinarian whether this is appropriate for your pet.
The gastrointestinal side effects of clindamycin generally get worse over time unless the medicine is discontinued. Therefore, if you suspect that your pet is experiencing side effects, contact your veterinarian immediately. Do not discontinue any antibiotic without first consulting a veterinarian.
Pets should be monitored for side effects and for resolution of symptoms. Unless otherwise instructed by a veterinarian, pets should continue to take the medication until the entire course has been completed.
Long-term (greater than 14 days) use of clindamycin is uncommon unless it is being used to treat a bone infection. Any pet that receives long-term medications may require periodic blood or urine testing.
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