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Zithromax is a broad-spectrum antibiotic used to treat susceptible bacterial infections

For: Dogs, Cats, and Rabbits.


Zithromax is one of the few antibiotics that is safe for rabbits. It treats a multitude of susceptible bacterial infections in dogs and cats, as well, and comes in an easy-to-dose oral suspension.

How it works: It prevents bacteria from producing proteins that are essential to their growth and reproduction. It therefore stops the spread of infection, allowing the body's immune system to kill the bacteria.

Dosage & Administration: Shake oral suspension well before use. It is best to give the suspension on an empty stomach. The suspension should be used within 10 days after mixing.

Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian. Use all of the medication prescribed. If your pet does not receive the entire course of treatment, the infection may recur or worsen.

Possible side effects of Zithromax: The most common side effects, especially with high doses, are vomiting and diarrhea. It may have the potential of causing liver damage, which could result in jaundice (yellowing of the gums, skin, or eyes). If your pet experiences an allergic reaction to the medication, signs may include facial swelling, hives, scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, pale gums, cold limbs, or coma. If you observe any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.

If you miss giving a dose: If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to the regular schedule. Do not give two doses at once.

If you overdose the pet: If overdose should occur, you may see serious vomiting or diarrhea. If you know or suspect your pet has had an overdose, or if you observe these signs in your pet, contact your veterinarian immediately.


What should I avoid while giving Zithromax to my pet: Consult your veterinarian before using Zithromax with vitamins, supplements, cisapride, cyclosporine, digoxin, and oral antacids, since interactions may occur. Zithromax has no known food interactions.

Who should not take it? Not for use in animals hypersensitive (allergic) to it or drugs similar to it or other macrolide antibiotics.


Use with caution in animals with liver disease. The safety of the medication in pregnant and lactating animals (female animals nursing their young) has not been determined. Consult with your veterinarian regarding the physical examinations and laboratory testing necessary prior to and during treatment with Zithromax.

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