In recent years, many veterinarians are now reaching for the injectable antibiotic Convenia for many common infections presented to the veterinary clinic, including those of the skin, urinary tract and respiratory tract. Convenia is given typically as a single injection, which can last up to 2-3 weeks in pets. This convenient injection is a welcome relief to many animal guardians who don’t have to struggle and fight with their pets once to three times daily, which is the typical frequency that other oral antibiotics are given.
Many times, veterinarians will recheck the pet in 2 weeks for a second injection if needed, which often will resolve many common infectious diseases. There are very few negatives when using Convenia, except if the pet is allergic to the injected medication. Allergic reactions that may be seen are most commonly digestive upset, especially diarrhea and/or vomiting. While this reaction is not common, if it does occur, it may last up to a few weeks, necessitating the need for medical management of these symptoms during this time. The only other negative reaction would be if the infection being treated is resistant to the antibiotic, in which case alternative antibiotic therapies will be needed in the following weeks.