pet health


Question by  StevenGrant (25)

What is a safe antibiotic for a pregnant dog?


Answer by  katharine (3981)

Whenever you are dealing with a pregnant dog you need to be extremely careful with what medications you give her because many medications can harm the puppies. Talk to your vet about safe antibiotics.


Answer by  Damienbr (31)

Enrofloxacin is used in human pregnant females and tests have shown its safe. Results have been extrapolated to female dogs without further testing.


Answer by  Pookie24 (74)

Cephalexin and amoxacillin are commonly used and pretty safe, although antibiotics should be avoided unless the infection is more serious than anything that the antibiotic could cause.


Answer by  aarmitage (53)

Some Antibiotics may be safe for a pregnant dog. It is important to check with your dogs veterinarian. Keflex (cephalexin) is an antibiotic that is FDA approved for human use, but the drug is commonly prescribed by veterinarians for use in animals. In humans, Keflex, the medication is NOT expected to be harmful to an unborn baby.


Answer by  alidanh (19)

I would recommend that a vet be called, however in the absence of doing this and based on past experience I would recommend amoxicillin or just good old soap (antibacterial) and water to keep a wound clean.


Answer by  aearthdragon (471)

The safety of enrofloxacin in pregnant dogs was researched. Breeding, pregnant, and lactating dogs receiving up to 15 mg/kg day demonstrated no treatement related effects. There are still risks for young animals. Fluoroquinolones are not generally recommended to be used during pregnancy; the benefits need to outweigh the risks.


Answer by  traumatised (3285)

No antibiotic is 100% safe for a pregnant dog, however if she has a serious bacterial infection you may have no other choice. Do not give baytril or tetracycline; your vet may prescribe amoxicillin (or another penicillin variety) as a last resort. Do not administer without a vet's advice.

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