FDA Approves Single-Dose Antibiotic for Cats, Dogs

Product provides up to 14 days of antibiotic treatment for skin infections.

By Marissa Heflin | Posted: July 6, 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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FDA Approves Single-Dose Antibiotic for Cats, Dogs
A new, injectable antibiotic can be administered to cats and dogs by veterinarians.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer Animal Health’s Convenia  (cefovecin sodium), the first antibiotic for cats and dogs available in a single injectable dose.

The product is designed to provide up to 14 days of antibiotic treatment for the most common skin infections in cats and dogs.

It will eliminate the difficulty owners have giving pills to pets and will ensure the antibiotic course of treatment is completed on time, according to the company.

“We understand how difficult it can be for owners to give their pets the right pills at the right time,” said George Fennell, vice president, Companion Animal Division, Pfizer Animal Health. “With career and family responsibilities, many people simply aren’t around at appropriate intervals once, twice or even more times a day, despite their best intentions. With Convenia, the pet gets the dose it needs right in the veterinarian’s office — so owners don’t have to worry about when and how to give pills to their pets.”

The most common side effects are similar to those seen with other antibiotics, such as vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite and lethargy.

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Anne    Rancho Cucamonga, CA

4/20/2012 12:44:44 PM

My cat had a kidney infection and the convenience shot seemed to work. I think the shot is less potent than the pills, so I think for certain infections the pills might be better. My opinion only. My cat and my granddaughter's cat had to go back and get antibiotic pills later.

Brian    Allegan, MI

2/24/2010 12:54:42 PM

Please BEWARE of this drug. I took my 7-yr-old cat to the vet because she hadn't eaten or drank in two days. The vet said she had a spot of pneumonia and gave her an injection of Convenia. She grew progressively worse throughout the day, had convulsions during the night and by the time I got her back to the vet in the middle of the night (a 15-min drive), it was too late. She died shortly after that. If your vet gives this drug to your pet, PLEASE watch closely and return to the vet immediately if they show any signs of distress. I learned the hard way, and don't want to see other pets / pet owners suffer due to lack of information about the possible severe adverse events that can occur.

Crystal    OC, CA

12/27/2009 5:58:38 PM

I have nothing good to say about this 14 day shot. They don't say that the clearance is 65 days for 97% of it to be out of the body! My cat is still not the same and it's been 66 days. I didn't even get a choice if I wanted the shot, the vet just gave it to him! Please make sure you research this drug more before you give it to your cat or dog!

Lois    Waco, TX

11/12/2009 2:57:19 PM

This stuff is awesome!!!! Works great and people will gladly pay the increase in price not to have to pill their cat!

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