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Dr. Michael Salkin
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A dog that was fainting and put on antibiotics, is it right

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A dog that was fainting and put on antibiotics, is it right that after two months the dog shuld come off them. During.the antibiotic the dog got a really severe infection around the neck & throat. It's healing slowly, should the antibiotics stop.
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Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Loma, can you tell me why antibiotics were prescribed for a syncopal (fainting) dog? Syncopy usually results from advanced cardiac disease causing arrhythmia (irregular heart rate). Two months of antibiotics might be prescribed for a chronic pyoderma (skin infection) or urinary tract infection but neither will cause syncopy. To answer you directly, if the neck and throat skin became severely infected during antibiotic administration, it's reasonable to assume that the infection was resistant to the antibiotic and so, yes, it should be stopped. Please respond with the additional information and further questions or concerns if you wish.