Cats & SMZ's
Can I give a cat with an infection SMZ's (the sulfa antibiotics for horses) in the appropriate dose?
Or is there is another type that someone would recommend that I might have in the barn (Tucoprim for example)...
I would like to try and treat the cat's cut at home first before I haul him to the vet.
Thanks for any advice.
My first line of defence before a trip to the vet is flush the wound with saline then fill the area with mastitis infusion, then to the vet if it is bad enough. My vet writes a script for oral penicillin powder about once a year to take care of stuff that doesnt warrant a visit.
Be careful with drugs and cats, they cannot take all the stuff that horses and dogs can.
You might pM pancakes, she is in vet school and knows a lot.
I'd call the vet and ask before giving any drug to a cat. I've never given my cats SMZs, humans, horses and dogs yes, cats no need to as I have antibiotics for them.
PM pancakes as she is in vet school.
The topical you can use on cat wounds is Neo-Predef, which is a good powder.
You would not be able to give the cat an appropriate dose of the equine formulation. Sulfonamides in small animals are more commonly given as a sulfa-trimethoprim combination to make them kill bacteria (bactericidal) versus stopping the growth (bacteriostatic). Cats generally do not appreciate the taste, so I did not commonly use them in cats. Amoxicillin and Clavamox are more common. If it is a superficial wound I would rinse well with sterile saline or clean gently with hydrogen peroxide, and apply just neosporin ointment or Nolvasan ointment.
amoxi that's it. and one other I have in the medicine cabinet.