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Default Which is a stronger antibiotic: Clavamox or Clindamycin?

Does anyone know which is a stronger antibiotic, Clavamox or Clindamycin? Gunner is on Clavamox right now, but I have been doing a lot of research and I have seen Clindamycin pop up more in bone infection articles. If the radiology report comes back as bone infection I want to ensure I am informed and can ensure Gunner is on the best treatment to cure his illness. Is one better than the other?
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It isn't the strength that matters. Most antibiotics work to help fight certain infections, so where clava-mox, which is, Amoxicillin and Clavulanate (I always misspell that word, and I call myself a pharmacy tech! sheesh) can be used to treat one type of infection, Clindamycin will be used to treat a different one. In humans, we use more Clava-mox (a.k.a. Augmentin in humans) then clindamycin. Amoxicillin is kind of a broad spectrum antibiotic, it can help treat numerous types of infections.
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That makes perfect sense. So which one then does a better job a penetrating the bone??
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I would stick with what the vet prescribed, make sure you are giving it at the correct times, usually 12 hours apart, so pick a time and stick with it, I usually do 8am and 8pm.
If when you are done giving them, you don't see results, don't panic, most antibiotics stay in the system for up to 10 days after the end of the course. But if you aren't seeing results by the end, you may want to talk to the vet about a different medication. and I also advise you get them filled at human pharmacy, much cheaper!
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Thank you. We are on our 3rd round of Clavamox which is why I am asking. The soft tissue has gotten better on it, but the bone has gotten worse per the x-rays yesterday. Thanks for your advice on filling it at a regular pharmacy. I didn't know you could do that, but at $80 a week for his meds so far, anything will help
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If you go back and look at what I posted on your other thread about HOD, I recommended asking for Clindamycin. It has a good spectrum against anaerobic bacteria and is used commonly in bone infections. You can use the Clavamox on top of this and I commonly use the two together or substitute the Clavamox for Baytril since it's been shown in studies to have synergistic effects with Clindamycin. HTH
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If you go back and look at what I posted on your other thread about HOD, I recommended asking for Clindamycin. It has a good spectrum against anaerobic bacteria and is used commonly in bone infections. You can use the Clavamox on top of this and I commonly use the two together or substitute the Clavamox for Baytril since it's been shown in studies to have synergistic effects with Clindamycin. HTH
Thank you. How long do you usually recommend they stay on it for. I just want to be fully informed as the feeling I am getting from my vet is I am going to have to press for a more robust treatment rather than the wait and see course. I had asked about switching antibiotics but the vet said she wanted to wait it out... UGHH this is so frustrating.

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you could possibly expect to have him on antibiotics for months. I do want you to be aware that it could be fungal or viral osteomyelitis as well as bacterial if they think it's infection based. If the report comes back as osteomyelitis, I would see a specialist, they will be able to treat it more effectively if you are not sure about your regular vet's treatment plan. Osteomyelitis can be fatal as well so it's not something to take lightly.
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you could possibly expect to have him on antibiotics for months. I do want you to be aware that it could be fungal or viral osteomyelitis as well as bacterial if they think it's infection based. If the report comes back as osteomyelitis, I would see a specialist, they will be able to treat it more effectively if you are not sure about your regular vet's treatment plan. Osteomyelitis can be fatal as well so it's not something to take lightly.
Is the only way to confirm fungal or viral osteomyelitis through a joint tap or can it be done through blood work? Are there certain tests I should request?
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