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Cefovecin (Convenia®) is a new third generation cephalosporin antibiotic indicated for the treatment of bacterial skin diseases such as gingivitis, superficial pyoderma[1], subcutaneous infections (deep pyoderma)[2], cellulitis and abscesses[3] in dogs, caused by aerobic and anaerobic gram negative and gram positive bacteria[4].

Cefovecin is bactericidal against Staphylococcus pseudintermedius[5] and Streptococcus spp, Escherichia coli, Pasteurella multocida, Klebsiella spp and Proteus spp, but is not active against Pseudomonas spp or Enterococcus spp[6]. It is also effective against Bordetella spp, the causative organism of canine infectious tracheobronchitis[7].

Cefovecin has been formulated as an extended-spectrum cephalosporin solution containing 80 mg/ml cefovecin sodium, allowing extended therapeutic concentrations when given at 14-day intervals[8]. It has a long half-life of 6.9 days and demonstrates prolonged concentrations in extracellular fluid allowing for dosing every 14 days. If required, the dose of 8 mg/kg subcutaneously in cats can be repeated every 14 days for a total of three doses. Cefovecin is eliminated through renal excretion with up to 25% biliary excretion, allowing it to be used in renal infections, prostatitis and cystitis[9].

Cefovecin should not be given to animals allergic to penicillins or cephalosporins, less than 8 weeks old, if they are pregnant or lactating, or have severe renal dysfunction.

Cefovecin was shown to be as effective as amoxicillin/clavulanate administered orally in the treatment of bacterial skin infections. Cefovecin offers the additional benefit of eliminating owner non-compliance.

The recommended dose for Cefovecin in cats is 8 mg/kg (0.1cc/kg) subcutaneously every 2 weeks for 3 doses.


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