March 2015
Peer Reviewed


Dogs: 5–10 mg/kg PO q12h for 2–4 weeks1-3
Cats: 5 mg/kg PO q12h or 50 mg/cat q24h  for 7–10 days1,4,5

Doxycycline is a tetracycline antibiotic that inhibits protein synthesis at the ribosomal level and remains the first-line antimicrobial therapy for bordetellosis in dogs and cats. Because of its bacteriostatic nature, doxycycline is not ideal for patients suspected of having pneumonia.6

Dogs: 13–20 mg/kg PO q12h for 2–4 weeks1-3,7
Cats: 62.5 mg/cat PO q12h for 7–10 days1,7

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