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Amikacin is a broad-spectrum bactericidal aminoglycoside antimicrobial drug similar to gentamycin.

Amikacin works by binding to the bacterial 30S ribosomal subunit, causing misreading of mRNA and leaving the bacterium unable to synthesize proteins vital to its growth[1].

This drug is commonly used for treatment of abscess[2], dermatitis, pyoderma and otitis externa.

It is also used as a first choice drug along with enrofloxacin and amoxycillin/clavulanate in intensive-care units with canine patients awaiting sensitivity results from cultures[3].

It has good activity against Staphylococcus spp[4]. Nocardia spp[5]. Providencia stuartii[6] and Corynebacterium spp[7].

Resistance has been reported with this drug, particularly with Escherichia coli[8], Pseudomonas aeruginosa[9] and Staphylococcus pseudintermedius[10].

Side-effects with use of this drug are similar to other aminoglycosides and include ototoxicity and renal damage.

Recommended dose rate in dogs is 20 mg/kg, given subcutaneously.

Greyhounds are more susceptible to this drug due to delayed plasma clearance and half doses are usually required[11].


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  10. Casagrande Proietti P et al (2012) Insertion sequence IS256 in canine pyoderma isolates of Staphylococcus pseudintermedius associated with antibiotic resistance. Vet Microbiol 157(3-4):376-382
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