Main information

  • Trade name:
  • Petalexin 600 mg Tablets for Dogs
  • Pharmaceutical form:
  • Tablet
  • Prescription type:
  • POM-V - Prescription Only Medicine – Veterinarian
  • Medicine domain:
  • Animals
  • Medicine type:
  • Allopathic drug



  • Available in:
  • Petalexin 600 mg Tablets for Dogs
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • English

Therapeutic information

  • Therapeutic group:
  • Dogs
  • Therapeutic area:
  • Antimicrobial


  • Source:
  • VMD - Veterinary Medicines Directorate
  • Authorization status:
  • Authorized
  • Authorization number:
  • 17902/4103
  • Authorization date:
  • 15-01-2018
  • Last update:
  • 19-01-2018

Summary of Product characteristics: dosage, interactions, side effects

Issued: January 2018

AN: 00486/2017



PETALEXIN 600 mg tablets for dogs


One tablet contains:

- Active substance

Cephalexin.600 mg

(as Cefalexin Monohydrate)

For the full list of excipients see section 6.1.



Creamy oblong tablet with small brown spots marked with a score line.

The tablets can be divided into halves.


4.1 Target species


4.2 Indications for use, specifying the target species

For the treatment of bacterial skin infections in dogs (including deep and superficial

pyodermas) caused by organisms susceptible to cefalexin.

For the treatment of urinary-tract infections in dogs (including nephritis and cystitis)

caused by organisms susceptible to cefalexin.

4.3 Contra-indications

Do not use in animals which are known to be hypersensitive to penicillins and


Do not use in rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and gerbils.

Do not use in known cases of hypersensitivity to the active substance, to other

cephalosporins, to other substances of the β-lactam group or to any of the excipients.

4.4 Special warnings for each target species


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4.5 Special precautions for use

Special precautions for use in animals

As with other antibiotics which are excreted mainly by the kidneys, unnecessary

accumulation may occur in the body when renal function is impaired. In case of

known renal insufficiency, the dose should be reduced and antimicrobials known to

be nephrotoxic should not be administered concurrently.

This product should not be used to treat puppies of less than 1 kg of bodyweight.

Use of the product deviating from the instructions given in the SPC may increase the

prevalence of bacteria resistant to the cefalexin and may decrease the effectiveness

of treatment with other cephalosporins and penicillins, due to the potential for cross-


Use of the product should be based on susceptibility testing of the bacteria isolated

from the animal. If this is not possible, therapy should be based on local

epidemiological information.

Official, national and regional antimicrobial policies should be taken into account

when the product is used.

As the tablets are palatable for animals there is a danger of excessive ingestion. The

tablets must therefore be stored out of the reach of animals.

Special precautions to be taken by the person administering the veterinary medicinal

product to animals

Penicillins and cephalosporins may cause hypersensitivity (allergy) following

injection, inhalation, ingestion or skin contact. Hypersensitivity to penicillin may lead

to cross sensitivity to cephalosporin and vice versa. Allergic reactions to these

substances may occasionally be serious.

1- Do not handle this product if you know you are sensitised or if you have been

advised not to work with such preparations.

2- Handle this product with great care to avoid exposure, taking all recommended

precautions. Take care to avoid prolonged skin contact. Wash hands after use.

3- If you develop symptoms following exposure such as skin rash, you should seek

medical advice and show the doctor this warning. Swelling of the face, lips or eyes or

difficulty with breathing are more-serious symptoms and require urgent medical


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4.6 Adverse reactions (frequency and seriousness)

Hypersensitivity to Cefalexin is rare, however, the product should not be

administered to animals which are known to be hypersensitive to Cefalexin or

penicillins. Refer also to section 4.3.

Allergic cross-reactivity with other β-lactams may occur.

Very rare cases of soft faeces and vomiting may be observed in animals during


The frequency of adverse reactions is defined using the following convention:

- very common (more than 1 in 10 animals treated displaying adverse reaction(s))

- common (more than 1 but less than 10 animals in 100 animals treated)

- uncommon (more than 1 but less than 10 animals in 1,000 animals treated)

- rare (more than 1 but less than 10 animals in 10,000 animals treated)

- very rare (less than 1 animal in 10,000 animals treated, including isolated reports).

4.7 Use during pregnancy and lactation

The product can be used in pregnant and lactating animals.

4.8 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

The association of first-generation cephalosporins with aminoglycoside antibiotics

and some diuretics such as furosemide can enhance nephrotoxicity risks.

The bactericidal activity of cephalosporins is reduced by concomitant administration

of bacteriostatic acting compounds (tetracyclines, chloramphenicol, macrolides and


4.9 Amounts to be administered and administration route

15 mg of cephalexin per kg of bodyweight twice daily (equivalent to 30 mg per kg of

bodyweight per day) for a duration of:

- 14 days in case of urinary-tract infection in dogs;

- at least 15 days in case of superficial infectious dermatitis in dogs;

- at least 28 days in case of deep infectious dermatitis in dogs.

To achieve this dosage, administer:

in dogs:

Twice daily, one tablet per 40 kg of bodyweight or ½ tablet per 20 kg of


To ensure correct dosage, bodyweight should be determined as accurately as

possible to avoid underdosing.

Due to its palatable formulation, the product is well accepted by dogs but may be

crushed or added to food if necessary.

In severe or acute conditions, the dose may be safely doubled.

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4.10 Overdose (symptoms, emergency procedures, antidotes), if necessary

Trials performed on animals with up to 5 times the recommended dosage

demonstrated that the product is well tolerated.

4.11 Withdrawal periods

Not applicable.


Pharmacotherapeutic Group: Antibacterials for systemic use, first generation


ATCvet code: QJ01DB01.

5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Cefalexin acts by inhibiting the nucleopeptide synthesis of the bacterial wall.

Cephalosporins interfere with the enzymes of transpepditation making it unable to

cross-link the peptidoglycans of the bacterial cell wall. The glycan cross-linking is

essential for the cell to build its cell wall. Inhibition of the biosynthesis results to a

weakened cell wall, which eventually ruptures to osmotic pressure. The combined

action results in cell lysis and filament formation.

Cefalexin is active against a wide range of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria:

Staphylococcus spp. (including penicillin-resistant strains), Streptococcus spp.,

Escherichia coli, Klebsiella spp. and Salmonella spp. Cefalexin is not inactivated by

β-lactamases produced by gram-positive bacteria and which usually affect penicillins

5.2 Pharmacokinetic particulars

After single oral administration of the recommended dosage of 15 mg of cefalexin per

kg of bodyweight to Beagle dogs, plasma concentrations were observed within 30

minutes. The plasma peak was observed at 1.3 hour with a plasma concentration of

18.2 µg/ml.

The bioavailability of the active was over 90 %. Cefalexin was detected until 24 hours

after the administration. The first urine specimen was collected within 2 to 12 hours

with peak concentrations of cefalexin measured at 430 to 2758 µg/ml within 12 hours.

After repeated oral administration of the same dosage, twice a day for 7 days,

plasma peaks occurred 2 hours later with a concentration of 20 µg/ml. Over the

treatment period, concentrations were maintained above 1 µg/ml. The mean

elimination half-life is 2 hours. Skin levels were around 5.8 to 6.6 µg/g, 2 hours after


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6.1 List of excipients

- Crospovidone

- Mannitol

- Starch pregelatinized

- Croscarmellose sodium

- Colloidal anhydrous silica

- Colloidal hydrated silica

- Povidone K30

- Microcrystalline cellulose (type A)

- Poultry liver powder

- Magnesium stearate

- Microcrystalline cellulose (type B)

6.2 Major incompatibilities

Not applicable.

6.3 Shelf life

Shelf-life of the veterinary medicinal product as packaged for sale: 3 years.

6.4 Special precaution for storage

Keep the blisters in the outer carton.

Divided tablets should be stored in blister packs.

6.5 Nature and composition of immediate packaging

Blister packs consisting of cold formed OPA/Al/PVC foil and aluminium foil.

Cardboard Box with 30 blisters of 7 tablets.

6.6 Special precautions for the disposal of unused veterinary medicinal

product or waste materials derived from the use of such products

Any unused veterinary medicinal products or waste materials derived from such

veterinary medicinal product should be disposed of in accordance with local


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13ème rue - L.I.D

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Vm 17902/4103


15 January 2018


January 2018

Approved: 15/01/2018

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