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What are Amoxicillin Allergies?

Amoxicillin allergies can be detected through an allergy skin test performed by a vet. But unfortunately, many cat owners do not realize their cat has amoxicillin allergies until a reaction occurs after exposure to the medication. At this point, your cat will need immediate medical attention. If an allergic reaction is left untreated, it can quickly become fatal, so it’s important to take your cat to a vet as soon as possible.

Amoxicillin is an antibiotic that is widely used to treat bacterial infections in cats. The most common brand names of amoxicillin are Clavamox and Augmentin. This medication is effective in treating respiratory, bladder, skin, ear, and tooth infections. However, some cats are allergic to amoxicillin, and if they are exposed to it, can experience a wide range of symptoms including skin rashes, fever, swelling, difficulty breathing, vomiting, and diarrhea. The exact cause of allergies—in cats and in humans—is unknown, so any cat could have amoxicillin allergies. 

Symptoms of Amoxicillin Allergies in Cats

If your cat is allergic to amoxicillin, any exposure to this medication will produce a reaction. Unfortunately, you may not know your cat is allergic to amoxicillin until he has one of these reactions. The severity of the reaction will vary from cat to cat, however the symptoms remain the same. Some of the symptoms you may observe include:

  • Skin rashes
  • Fever
  • Facial swelling
  • Swelling of the limbs
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Elevated heartbeat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Unsteadiness

Causes of Amoxicillin Allergies in Cats

Some cats have amoxicillin allergies, while others do not. There is no known cause for allergies, so it’s impossible to determine why your cat is allergic to amoxicillin. If your cat is allergic to amoxicillin, he will experience an allergic reaction after any kind of exposure to it. These reactions can be dangerous, so it’s important to work with a vet to determine if your cat has allergies early on in his life.

Diagnosis of Amoxicillin Allergies in Cats

Your cat will not exhibit any symptoms of having amoxicillin allergies unless he has come into contact with the medication. If he has, bring him into a veterinarian as soon as possible. After the vet has stabilized his condition, he may suggest having your cat tested to determine what caused the reaction.

To identify allergens, a vet will perform a series of skin tests on your cat. The vet will administer a very small amount of any suspected allergens, including amoxicillin, foods, pollen, and dust, to the cat’s skin using a tiny needle that scratches the skin’s surface. After an allergen is applied to the cat’s skin, the vet will look for a reaction in the form of a red bump. If no bumps occur, the cat is not allergic to that allergen. 

These skin tests are usually only performed after your cat has experienced an allergic reaction to something. However, allergic reactions can be life-threatening. If you want to be safe and determine if your cat has allergies prior to a reaction occurring, talk to your vet about whether or not a skin test can be done in the absence of symptoms.

Treatment of Amoxicillin Allergies in Cats

If skin testing reveals that your cat has an amoxicillin allergy, immunotherapy treatment may be performed. After the skin testing, the vet will create a special serum containing small amounts of the amoxicillin allergen. The serum will be injected into your cat in small quantities over time. The first injection will have the smallest quantity of amoxicillin, and the amount will gradually increase in every injection after the initial one. As a result of this treatment, your cat will experience less severe symptoms if he is ever exposed to amoxicillin again. 

The first injection will likely be administered in the vet’s office so the vet can closely monitor your cat’s reaction to the serum. But after the initial injection, the vet may ask if you are comfortable administering the next treatments on your own. If you don’t feel comfortable, you can make appointments to bring your cat into the vet for his injections.

Recovery of Amoxicillin Allergies in Cats

Most cats will respond very well to immunotherapy, and will no longer exhibit any severe symptoms if they are exposed to amoxicillin. To get the desired results, it’s important that you closely follow your vet’s instructions and administer all injections as required. 

While your cat is being treated, or if you choose not to do immunotherapy, you will need to prevent any exposure to amoxicillin to avoid an allergic reaction. Amoxicillin is often prescribed when your cat has an infection, so you will need to ensure your cat is never given amoxicillin when being treated. Make sure you always remind your vet that your cat has an amoxicillin allergy so he knows never to administer this medication when your cat is sick.

Amoxicillin Allergies Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Kiwi
tabby
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lump

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral

My cat Kiwi has had a UTI probably twice already this year, many trips to the vet and so on. They put him on the pink liquid amoxicillin, and it did little to nothing for him. So they put him on a stronger medication, "clavamox", a white liquid. I assume his UTI's have been stress related (adopted, then months later my dog was brought here), and purchased feliway to hopefully relieve a lot of his stress & prevent this from happening again. However, I've noticed that he has developed a bump located around one of his lymph nodes. I mentioned this to the vet my last visit, yesterday, and all he had said about it was that it was "palpable", which doesn't do much for me. It does not seem to bother him very much, but I know he is already feeling dumpy because of his UTI. I'm not sure whether this is due to the medication he is taking, a shot he was given (much earlier to prevent vomiting), or other reasons. I doubt another vet visit will tell me much, especially with the advice I was given last time. & I'm stacked on vet payments as well.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3001 Recommendations
Clavamox is another product with amoxicillin but it also contains clavulanic acid which is a beta-lactam inhibitor, the pink amoxicillin may be just without the clavulanic acid (there are many products over many different countries). Anyway, a urinary tract infection may cause discomfort which in turn may result in a lack of activity; lethargy or a reduction in activity isn’t a noted side effect of Clavamox. The bump or swelling of or around a lymph node is not specific; which lymph node? It is not unusual for local lymph nodes to swell when there is an infection or inflammatory response. If there is no improvement with the Clavamox I would recommend that you have a culture and sensitivity test done to narrow in on the specific bacteria causing the infection and the most suitable antibiotic. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tubby
Maine Coon
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing ,watery eyes

Our older Maine coon kitty had allergy tests done and the only thing that came back was an allergy to dust mites...and we live in dust-ridden Nevada She has been on dose after dose of amoxicillan. Always have to take her in when the sneezing and wheezing starts up again and it is costing a fortune. Any other suggestions?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1415 Recommendations
If Tubby has actually been diagnosed with allergies, there are many medications available that can help keep her allergies from getting to the point where she needs antibiotics. Allergies can be challenging, and often keeping ahead of them is less expensive then trying to catch up. Your veterinarian can give you more information on allergy medications that might benefit her.

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Sugar
American Shorthair
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Redness eyes,ears a little swilling
Redness
Redness in eyes and ears swilling inmouth

Medication Used

Moxyvit forte 250 suspension

My cat had flu so I used amoxicillin to treat it. she eats but have difficulty due to the phlegm ;I gave her the medication 3 days 1,5 ml ×8 hours then I stopped it but she didn't get better so I gave her for another 3 days 3ml ×12 hours then I found out the swilling under her mouth which has gone but still have the redness in her eyes and ears. Now I've stopped the medication and keep on giving her water and good food,she sleeps a lot dont play prefer to set alone or on the windows. Moreover she is changing her teeth a change In her behavior has occurred, agressivness I thought because she lost smell due to flu .Does she need a veteran or I just keep watching her food where I live there is no good care for pets actually I found her in the street alone without mother 1.5 month a proximitly and have alarge to all milk products .

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3001 Recommendations
The use or rather misuse of antibiotics is contributing to a growing international problem of antibiotic resistance, antibiotics should only be given when prescribed by an attending Veterinarian. If Sugar has cat flu or any other viral infection, antibiotics will not cure it but would only address any secondary bacterial infection which may be present; there is no specific treatment for cat flu (and similar viral infections), supportive and symptomatic care is best (fluids, warmth etc…). I would visit a Veterinarian for an examination to determine the underlying cause and to take a swab for culture and sensitivity. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Yoko
Maine Coon
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Runny Nose
Coughing
Sneezing
Watery eyes

Medication Used

Amoxicillin with dex

My Maine Coon cat has an upper respiratory infection and was given amoxicillin drops with dex 100ml. It was prescribed that he be given 3cc of the drops twice a day. After 3 doses, we have noticed that he has difficulty breathing and deep breathing, like heavy panting. We're going to stop the drops immediately. What is another medication that could help him clear up this upper respiratory infection, without causing a reaction? What can we do in the meantime to ease his symptoms? We do not have veterinarians that are open during the weekends.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3001 Recommendations
Without examining Yoko I cannot (legally) prescribe any alternative antibiotic for treatment; if you are seeing a reaction after the administration of the amoxicillin you should stop giving it and ensure that Yoko is kept hydrated and comfortable during this time. There isn’t anything over the counter which I can recommend as an infection requires antibiotics which are available only with a prescription and we don’t have a Doctor patient relationship. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Coraline
Siamese
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

I took my cat to the vet and found out she has kidney disease which is what led to her UTI. The vet prescribed amoxicillin drops as well as azodyl capsules (which we haven’t given her yet) The vet injected her with antibiotics during her visit. It has now been a few hours and my cats right leg is swollen and her skin in sagging underneath her neck. I’m assuming this is an allergic reaction to the antibiotics. Should I take her to the ER?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3001 Recommendations
If you are noticing a reaction like this, you should return to your Veterinarian; if the swelling is severe or there is difficulty breathing you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian for them to check her over. Some cats can have adverse reactions to some medications which isn’t uncommon, but a different course of treatment should be taken if the reaction is severe. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tigger
American Shorthair
5 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eye watering

I took my cat to the vet due to a UTI, she is on clavamox, seems to have helped considerably. But, her left eye started to water and now both are watering terribly. She's been on the med 4 days. No other symptoms. Is this a reaction to the clavamox?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3001 Recommendations
Known side effects of Clavamox (amoxicillin and clavulanic acid)are vomiting, diarrhoea, facial swelling, hives, itchy skin and in some cases breathing difficulties. Whilst the skin may become irritated, I don’t know of any irritation to the eyes; you should flush the eyes out to be on the safe side and consult with your Veterinarian on Monday morning to determine whether the watery eyes are related to the medication or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cisco
Kitten
5 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bloating
Lethargy
Dehydration

Medication Used

Amoxicillin

Dont know if kitten is 4 or 6 weeks was in 90 degree heat when found.brought to vet prescribed amoxicillin when not given any tests. Put on for 2 days. Became constpiated. Took off brought to again. Put back on told to wipe butt with cottonballs.put back on amoxicillin kmr and probiotics. Now has diarrhea meowing waddling long time passing a stool but runnyer instead of solid larger lower belly. Prefers being alone sits and lethargic sleeps alot. Do i keep the kitten on them or safer to take it off?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3001 Recommendations
If a Veterinarian has prescribed amoxicillin and told you to continue treatment when you raised concerns, I cannot legally challenge that unless Cisco is showing severe symptoms which may be detrimental to life. If you have concerns, you should either return to the Veterinarian or visit another Veterinarian for an examination for a second opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stripes
Cat
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

My cat was had a gum/tooth inflection. He was given Clavamox and steriods. He started is drugs on a Thursday evening and did fine until Wednesday when he refused to eat. He did not eat on Thursday. I took him to the vet and he was given meds for nausea and something to increase appetite. (His tooth/gum infection was much better.) He still didn't eat Friday morning despite being offered a WIDE variety of food choices. Could the Clavomox be responsible for this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3001 Recommendations
A loss of appetite is not an unusual side effect of Clavamox (amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium); if Stripes is still not eating you should return to your Veterinarian for a follow up examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM “Penicillins may cause loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea. Since Clavamox contains amoxicillin, which is a member of the penicillin family, this may be a concern while your pet is taking Clavamox.” www.zoetisus.com/contact/pages/product_information/pdf/pfizerfrank/clavamox_en_co_ois.pdf (page 3)

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Jade
Calico mix
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting not eating

My cat had a UTI and I have been given her amoxicillin but she doesn’t she better isn’t really eating at all vomiting after medication is given in a violent manner.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1415 Recommendations
Thank you for your emial. One side effect of Amoxicillin is that it can cause stomach upset. It would be best to follow up with your veterinarian to let them know that she is having that reaction to the medication, as while it is a good antibiotic for UTI's, if she isn't tolerating it, there are alternatives that she can have. I hope that she is okay.

this may be very late, but I had the same experience with my cat. I just don't feed him close to the time when he takes his meds. I feed him maybe an hour before and then give him meds, so most of it is digested and he doesn't throw up.

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