If administered properly, certain types of antibiotics are safe for treating medical conditions in dogs. These antibiotics may have minor side effects, but will likely improve the dog's health if the ailment is diagnosed properly.
Dogs should be given antibiotics to either treat an existing condition, such as an ear infection or urinary tract infection, or prevent an infection, especially after a dog has been bitten by another animal.
Though dogs consume some of the same antibiotics as humans, it is important to consult a veterinarian before giving any antibiotics to a dog. It is recommended that all antibiotics be prescribed by a veterinarian.
The most popular antibiotics for dogs include Amoxycilin, Cephalexin, Enrofloxacin, Oxytetracycline HCI, Sulfadimethoxine and Tetracycline.
Canine antibiotics typically come in the form of a liquid, chewable tablet, ointment or coated capsule.
Make sure dogs are given the correct dosage for their size and condition. Do not take a dog off antibiotics before using the full prescription, even if the dog appears healthy. In rare cases, dogs may be allergic to certain antibiotics.