Antibiotics for Cats Without a Prescription

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Always use caution when administering medications to your pet.

To many cat owners, their pets are more like family members than simply a cute, cuddly diversion that happens to live in the same house. If you feel this way, then you know how important keeping your cat healthy and happy can be. Just as you may take and use antibiotics as needed, there are certain feline antibiotics you can garner for use when your pet is in need of additional care. Several antibiotic substances can be purchased from your veterinarian or from online pet stores without a prescription. As with all medications, care should be taken in the administration and dosage of any antibacterial product on your pet. Always consult your veterinarian if there is any question as to proper use of an antibiotic.

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Topical Antibiotic Ointments

Antibacterial salves can be used for superficial cuts and scratches.

Just as humans, cats inevitably get cuts and scrapes during their lifetime. Treating your cat with a feline antibacterial salve will aid the healing process, and some salves may help lessen pain. There are many brands of these ointments available, but be aware that topical treatments are used for minor cuts and scratches. Deep wounds, such as those from a bite, should be attended to by your veterinarian.


Tetracycline is an antibiotic primarily used for eye infections in pets.

Tetracycline is a multipurpose antibiotic administered by capsule or tablet orally to your cat, or in ointment form. Tetracycline destroys the bacterial infection by blocking the bacteria's ability to create proteins necessary for its survival. Tetracycline is primarily used for cat eye infections, which can be identified by running watery eyes or redness and swelling of the eye. If your cat displays these symptoms, it is always best to check with your veterinarian before administering any sort of treatment.


Natural Antibiotics

Echinacea is a natural antibiotic that helps fight infections.

In some instances, natural antibiotics that require no prescription can be effective alternatives for use with non-life-threatening illnesses in your pet. Over time, just as in humans, prolonged use of high grade antibiotics can have an adverse effect in the body. Natural antibiotics such as echinacea can be used to help fight infection, and slippery elm can be used to treat digestive tract problems in your cat. Check with your local health food specialist for information about many types of natural antibiotics. Special care should be taken when administering any herbs to your cat. If your pet does not respond to natural medication or becomes worse, you should seek your veterinarian's advice as soon as possible.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.