Albon is a broad-spectrum antibiotic and anticoccidial medication for dogs and cats. It comes in tablet form and is available in 125mg, 250mg, and 500mg.
What the product cures
Albon treats a wide selection of infections produced by bacteria and coccidia (tiny microorganism that resides in the intestines). The medication can fight infection pertaining to the intestinal, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and genitourinary system.
Three of the diseases most often treated using Albon include; colibacillosis, staphylococcus infection, and coccidiosis.
Colibacillosis, most often referred to as E. coli, occurs when a microorganism attacks the intestines. Although most animals carry E. coli without being affected, it has the potential to develop into a disease, particularly in young cats/dogs and those with a debilitated immune system. Colibacillosis develops quickly, causing symptoms such as; low activity levels, decreased appetite, vomiting, water-like diarrhea, low body temp., rapid heartbeat, and pale mucous membranes.
Staphylococcus infections are a result of bacteria invading the body. The bacteria have the ability to adapt to new environments, making it easy for the disease to spread from one host to another. In fact, the condition has been known to pass from animal to human. There are endless possibilities with a staph infection as far as symptoms go because the bacteria can affect just about any body system. Some of the common symptoms include; reduced appetite, abscesses, oral sores, fever, respiratory problems (mucus, sneezing, etc.), irritated/itchy skin, rash, and joint inflammation. Staphylococcus can also potentially get in the bloodstream, leading to a serious condition known as septicemia.
Coccidiosis develops when a tiny parasite named Coccidia enters the intestinal tract. Early on, the condition usually only causes water-like diarrhea and mucous in stools, but as it advances, more serious symptoms may develop. Some of these include; bloody bowel movements, loss of bowel control, lethargy, vomiting, weight loss, fever, tremors, dehydration, and damage to organs.
Lung, skin, tonsil, throat, uterine, renal, and anal gland infection are some of the most common conditions treated by Albon. Infections caused by agents sensitive to the medication can also be treated with it. Examples of such agents include; klebsiella, streptococci, salmonella, and Escherichia, and shigella.
Pets with Ailments
Relative info on breed most associated with this ailment
All dog and cat breeds are equally susceptible to the conditions treated by Albon. However, young, old, and sick animals are at higher risk of contracting an infection. This is because their immune system is either underdeveloped, compromised, or weak.
Questions for the vet & product
1. What should I let my vet know before starting my pet on Albon?
Fill your vet in on any diseases your pet has been diagnosed with, especially if it involves the kidneys or liver. You should also let him or her know if your pet is expecting, lactating, or being bred.
2. What is the protocol for a skipped dose?
If you forget to give your pet a dose, go ahead and administer the medication right away, unless it is just about time for the next one. In this case, you can wait and continue giving the medication as scheduled. It is NOT recommended that you give a double dose in order to make up for a missed one.
3. What should I do if I overdose my pet?
Take your pet to the nearest veterinary clinic if you believe you may have overdosed him/her. Indications of an overdose may include possible side effects of Albon and unusual behavior.
4. What medications should I avoid giving my pet while he/she is on Albon?
Antacids should NOT be given less than 3 hours before or after Albon is administered. This is because the antacids can interfere with the medication’s absorption, making it less effective. Also, notify your vet if your pet takes any of the following drugs; acetylsalicylic acid, phenytoin, warfarin, thiazide, methotrexate, probenecid, or phenylbutazone.
5. What are the possible side effects of Albon?
Not providing your pet with enough water to drink while on Albon can cause urinary crystals to form. Other possible side effects include; loss of appetite, dry eyes, low red blood cell count, fever, diarrhea, inflamed joints, kidney issues, and rash. If you think your pet may be experiencing side effects or an allergic reaction (facial swelling, itchy skin, hives, trouble breathing, etc.) caused by Albon, seek veterinary help right away.
Provide your pet with plenty of water while Albon is being given.
Ask your vet for a re-evaluation if you see little or no improvement by day 2 or 3 of treatment.
Do NOT use in nursing or expecting pets.
Do NOT use in pets with kidney or liver conditions.
Do NOT give medication to pets that it was not prescribed for.
Do NOT give Albon to dogs or cats that have a known allergy to sulfadimethoxine or any other ingredient in the product.
Let your vet known about all the medications, vitamins, and supplements your dog is on prior to starting treatment.
PHYSICAL OR CHEMICAL HAZARDS:
Store in a safe place where pets and children cannot reach.
Albon is NOT made for use in humans.
May be flammable; keep at a safe distance from heat.
If swallowed: Unless specifically told to do so by a medical professional, do NOT induce vomiting. Call poison control for help and instructions.
If in eyes: Take off contact lenses and do NOT use eye drops or any other eye medication. See a doctor right away for further advice. Storage: Store medication at room temperature, no more than 30 degrees Celsius. Keep in a dark room or use a large, dark container to place it in.
Contact a nearby garbage company for information about properly disposing of medication and containers. There are also some pharmacies that participate in the Take Away Environmental Return System program and accept medication/containers that you wish to dispose of.
If on skin: Wash the affected skin area carefully with soap and water, followed by an application of anti-bacterial cream or moisturizer. Consult a physician if problems develop.
If inhaled: Place the person in a well-ventilated area and seek emergency medical help immediately.
Storage & Disposal
Depending on the strength of the drug, Albon tablets contain 125mg, 250mg, or 500mg of sulfadimethoxine each.