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Neomycin for Dogs and Cats

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By Evan Ware, DVM

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Basic Information

Neomycin is an antibiotic that belongs to a classification of drugs known as aminoglycosides. Veterinarians prescribe it to treat and prevent a wide range of bacterial infections, predominantly those found in the intestines.

Veterinary Medicine Uses for Neomycin

Neomycin suppresses protein synthesis and growth of bacteria, which enables it to kill bacteria cells in rapid fashion. It is most effective against intestinal bacterial infections because it is not absorbed when taken orally. This causes the medication to have a localized effect. Similarly, the topical formulation of Neomycin doesn't get absorbed, which makes it ideal for treating localized skin-infections caused by bacteria.

Neomycin is not effective against systemic bacterial infections like pneumonia or infections of the bloodstream or bones.

Potential Side-Effects of Neomycin

Neomycin is usually well-tolerated by most animals, but side-effects are still a risk. Depending on the animal's sensitivity, diarrhea can be experienced when taking Neomycin orally or redness, irritation and itching at the site when applied topically. If you notice this type of skin reaction, stop the medication and contact the veterinarian to discuss other treatment options.

Drug Interactions with Neomycin

There are currently no known drug interactions with neomycin.

Precautions for Using Neomycin

Neomycin should not be used if your pet is allergic to the drug. This drug also can interact with other medications, such as other antibiotics, Vitamin K, and digoxin. To reduce this risk, discuss your pet's drug regimen with your veterinarian before starting Neomycin. If your pet will be taking Neomycin for a prolonged period of time, it is important to test the function of the kidneys regularly.

Dosage and Administration of Neomycin

Since Neomycin is being used to treat an infection, it is critical to finish the full course of therapy as directed by the veterinarian or the risk of a relapse will be increased. In many cases, your pet will start looking and feeling better early in the treatment, but regardless of this fact, continue to administer the Neomycin unless otherwise directed.

The dosage form available for Neomycin/Methscopolamine is an oral solution. Wedgewood Pharmacy's oral suspensions and solutions are familiar and convenient dosage-forms. Oral suspensions and solutions can be administered directly into the mouth using a dosing syringe or mixed with a small amount of food. They offer a wide range of flavoring options, and flexible dosing adjustments.

Several strength combinations of Neomycin/Methscopolamine oral solution are available. Neomycin/Methscopolamine also is available in this dosage-form. Different strengths may be available for different dosage-forms.

Available Flavors

Anchovy; Apple; Apple/Banana; Apple/Marshmallow; Apple/Molasses; Bacon; Bacon/Beef; Bacon/Chicken; Bacon/Fish; Bacon/Marshmallow; Bacon/Vanilla Butternut; Banana/Marshmallow; Banana/Strawberry; Beef/Chicken; Beef/Marshmallow; Butterscotch; Butterscotch/Marshmallow; Butterscotch/Vanilla; Cherry; Cherry/Marshmallow; Cherry-Vanilla; Chicken & Liver; Chicken, natural; Chicken/Fish; Chicken/Vanilla Butternut; Chicken-Marshmallow; Chicken-Vanilla; Duck; Fish/Liver; Fish/Marshmallow; Half Fish; Liver/Marshmallow; Marshmallow/Peanut Butter; Marshmallow/Vanilla Butternut; Molasses-Peanut Butter; Peppermint; Triple-Fish; Tutti Frutti; Tutti Frutti/Marshmallow; Vanilla/Marshmallow; Venison and Venison/Marshmallow.

About the Author

Dr. Evan Ware

Dr. Evan Ware is a veterinary practitioner in Phoenix, Arizona. He received both his undergraduate degree in microbiology and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Ware is currently the Medical Director of University Animal Hospital (VCA) and is also the owner of two other hospitals, including Laveen Veterinary Center and Phoenix Veterinary Center. His areas of interest include orthopedic medicine and surgery, veterinary oncology and chemotherapy, and general and advanced soft-tissue surgery.