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Old 11-30-2009, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Akron, Ohio
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Default Fish Mox...Aquarium Amoxicillin Fro Cats

Oops... not fro cats, but for cats!

I open up my latest Drs. Foster & Smith catalog for cats, and they have a non-scrip antibiotic for aquariums called Fish-Mox that also can be used for cats. 100 caps at 250mg each. I was told that I need to consult my vet as to how much to administer to a 14 lb cat.

It's good for pink eye, respiratory or bite infections in cats and dogs.

It's also available online at Amazon, but PetSmart and Pet Supplies Plus didn't have it.

Has anyone heard of or used Fish-Mox on their cat?
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Old 11-30-2009, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Barrio Logan/Shelltown
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I've never used it on a cat, but did use it on myself when I had no medical benefits. I was told about the Fish-Mox by a friend that used it. You could probably find it at an actual pet shop or place that specializes in fish.
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Manhattan, Ks
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Such a bad idea for so many reasons.
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Old 12-01-2009, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Barrio Logan/Shelltown
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It works.
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Old 12-01-2009, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Manhattan, Ks
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I'm very glad to hear that you didn't have any adverse affects. However antibiotics are not necessarily harmless, especially when not used correctly. I stand by my statement that it's a bad idea to use them without a prescription and it's particularly irresponsible to encourage others to do the same.
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Old 12-01-2009, 02:36 PM
 
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I'm very glad to hear that you didn't have any adverse affects. However antibiotics are not necessarily harmless, especially when not used correctly. I stand by my statement that it's a bad idea to use them without a prescription and it's particularly irresponsible to encourage others to do the same.
Amen. I was going to reply to this but as my blood starts to boil when I read things like this I figured you'd phrase it better than I!
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Old 12-01-2009, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Akron, Ohio
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I'm very glad to hear that you didn't have any adverse affects. However antibiotics are not necessarily harmless, especially when not used correctly. I stand by my statement that it's a bad idea to use them without a prescription and it's particularly irresponsible to encourage others to do the same.
Should the same apply for vitamins and their claims?
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Manhattan, Ks
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Should the same apply for vitamins and their claims?
It depends. Some vitamins are passed out harmlessly in the urine if someone takes too much. Others can cause toxicity if there's an overdose. You really have to know what you're dealing with.

I have 2 big problems with antibiotics being used over the counter. The first is that you can harm the patient. I have a relative who nearly died (the er nurses words, not mine) after incorrectly using an antibiotic. She had a case of strep throat and discontinued her antibiotics when she started feeling better. As a result, the stronger bacteria that survived the treatment multiplied like crazy and she ended up with a massive infection in her bloodstream. Also, not all antibiotics treat all bacteria. If you are using the wrong one, then it can delay the treatment that the patient needs.

On a related note, people using antibiotics incorrectly contributes to a problem that is huge in human medicine and we're even starting to see in veterinary medicine. Antibiotic resistance isn't something most people need to think about on a daily basis. It's easy to ignore. However, when your loved one (human or animal) needs high-powered antibiotics that can damage the liver and/or kidneys to treat a bacterial infection that should easily have been treated with something much milder...then it becomes very real. People who treat their viral colds with antibiotics and who treat their animals without knowing the correct dose and duration of treatment contribute to this problem.
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:13 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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It depends. Some vitamins are passed out harmlessly in the urine if someone takes too much. Others can cause toxicity if there's an overdose. You really have to know what you're dealing with.

I have 2 big problems with antibiotics being used over the counter. The first is that you can harm the patient. I have a relative who nearly died (the er nurses words, not mine) after incorrectly using an antibiotic. She had a case of strep throat and discontinued her antibiotics when she started feeling better. As a result, the stronger bacteria that survived the treatment multiplied like crazy and she ended up with a massive infection in her bloodstream. Also, not all antibiotics treat all bacteria. If you are using the wrong one, then it can delay the treatment that the patient needs.

On a related note, people using antibiotics incorrectly contributes to a problem that is huge in human medicine and we're even starting to see in veterinary medicine. Antibiotic resistance isn't something most people need to think about on a daily basis. It's easy to ignore. However, when your loved one (human or animal) needs high-powered antibiotics that can damage the liver and/or kidneys to treat a bacterial infection that should easily have been treated with something much milder...then it becomes very real. People who treat their viral colds with antibiotics and who treat their animals without knowing the correct dose and duration of treatment contribute to this problem.
as a survivor of an mrsa (methicilliin resistant staph. aureus) infection, i can not agree with the above post more...... the secondary staph infection was FAR FAR FAR worse than the initial major hip surgery i underwent....... i REFUSE antibiotics for myself or my pets unless it is known without a doubt that a bacterial infection is being treated..... drives me absolutely insane to see over-anxious parents rushing their kids to the pediatrician for every little sniffle and cold and then coming home with yet another prescription for amoxicillin or whatever the antibiotic-du-jour is........
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Old 12-02-2009, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Akron, Ohio
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Good heads up advice, thanks to all.
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