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Efficacy of Amoxicillin for Common Cat Infections

Roy, J., S. Messier, et al. (2007). “Clinical and in vitro efficacy of amoxicillin against bacteria associated with feline skin wounds and abscesses.” Can Vet J 48(6): 607-11.

One of the most common cat health problems seen by veterinarians is skin or wound infections, typically due to injuries from fighting with other cats. Such infections are typically treated by cleansing the wound and prescribing a broad spectrum antibiotic. Veterinarians are concerned about emerging bacterial resistance problems, and are encouraged to use antimicrobial agents wisely, reserving newer and more powerful antibiotics for serious infections and resistant cases. This study was designed to determine if a common older antibiotic, amoxicillin, was still effective for treatment of this type of infection. The study examined bacterial cultures from the wounds of 122 cats and tested the isolates for sensitivity to amoxicillin. The global success rate was over 95%, demonstrating that amoxicillin is still a good choice for common skin and wound infections in cats.
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