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Vail Pets: New antibiotic injection simplifies treatments

Stephen Sheldon
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado “-Pfizer Animal Health recently introduced a new antibiotic injection called Convenia. Normally a new antibiotic injection would not merit a newspaper column but this injection has a twist ” it lasts 14 days.

If you are a forward-thinking pet owner you have come to the conclusion that this means you do not have to give any antibiotic pills or liquids at all during the course of this therapy. This means no more wrapping pills in cheese; no more smearing peanut butter all over yourself, your pet and your house; no more gagging pets; and no more carpet inspections for pill remnants.

I don’t know about your pets but mine have a sixth sense whenever I grab a bottle of medicine for them. No matter how clever I am they seem to outsmart me. Our pet pharmaceutical companies finally caught on to this. They have surveyed veterinarians and pet owners alike and realize that convenience is king when it comes to medicating your pets.

First they came out with chewable products and then moved to once-a-day antibiotic doses. Both helped, but this is a totally new paradigm in antibiotic therapy.

The No. 1 reason most medications fail in because owners don’t give it to them. Veterinarians are usually very sympathetic; we are pet owners too and also kid owners, house owners, spouse owners and demanding friend owners.

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Medicating pets often can get put on the back burner and be forgotten. But that’s bad for your pet and can have public health consequences as incomplete antibiotic therapy has the potential to create resistant strains of bacteria.

I’m not a bandwagon practitioner when it comes to new pharmaceutical products unless they have a very real and present need-” Convenia does. It is not a ‘new’ antibiotic in the sense that it is in the cephalosporin class of antibiotics, a very common antibiotic. Its uses as directed on the label are for skin, wound, and abcess infections in dogs and cats.

In Europe it has been used for many years and is labeled for many other infections as well (for example dental, ear and urinary). We can use it for those infections too but need owner consent for ‘off-label’ usage. That’s no big deal; really.

Convenia may cost a little more than oral antibiotics but it is well worth it in my opinion. We have been using it for about six months now and absolutely love it. Our clients and furry patients do too!

Stephen Sheldon, DVM, practices at Gypsum Animal Hospital. He welcomes your questions, just call 524-DOGS or visit their Web site

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