Convenia is an injectable medication for veterinary use in cats and dogs. This medication is a broad-spectrum, semi-synthetic, antibacterial agent that has several uses. As with any medication, it can cause some adverse side effects in cats and dogs. This medication should never be taken by humans.
Convenia injections are used to treat bacterial infections in cats and dogs. It treats skin infections such as bacterial folliculitis, along with abscesses that are caused by strains of staphylococcus intermedius, streptococcus canis and escherichia coli in dogs. It can also be used to treat certain urinary tract infections in dogs. Convenia is used to treat skin infections including abscesses and wounds caused by staphylococcus intermedius, pasteurella multocida and prevotella bivia in cats.
In clinical trials involving both cats and dogs, no serious adverse reactions were reported and it was concluded that Convenia is generally well-tolerated by cats and dogs. Despite these results, however, some adverse side effects have been linked to Convenia use, including lethargy, vomiting, decreased appetite and diarrhoea or soft faeces. Swelling at the injection site occurs in some cases.
Each dose of Convenia should be reconstituted with 10 millilitres of sterile water before injection. The solution should be shaken and allowed to sit until all of the material is dissolved. Each injection is good for a 14-day therapy course. If needed, a second dose of the same amount of Convenia can be administered 14 days after the initial dose. The severity and nature of the infection are factors in determining whether a second dose is justified.
Convenia is not recommended for cats or dogs that have allergic reactions to cephalosporins. Caution should be used when administering this medication to cats and dogs with allergies to penicillin. Convenia should never be given to food-producing animals. This medication should also never be used by humans and should be kept out of the reach of children.
Each millilitre of Convenia injectable lyophile and reconstituted lyophile contains 80 milligrams of cefovecin. Convenia injections are available in single 80-milligram multi-use vials. Each vial contains cefovecin sodium in the form of a lyophilised cake.
This medication is rapidly absorbed following the injection. It will not undergo hepatic metabolism because the majority of the dose is excreted in the urine. Excretion in the bile is a minor elimination route.