Note: Albon is a prescription drug. Do not use without the instruction and approval of a licensed vet.
Albon is available in both pill and liquid form. Pills come in strengths of 125, 250 and 500 mg scored for easy splitting, and the liquid comes as a 5% concentrated solution with 250 mg of active ingredient per 5 mL. The manufacturer recommends giving the first dose at 25 mg/lb and then 12.5 mg/lb on all subsequent days. Each dose should be given once every 24 hours so on day 1 you would give 25 mg/lb, then on day 2, 3, 4, 5 (etc.) you would give 12.5 mg per pound.
Below you will find the correct dosage for treating susceptible infections.
|Weight of dog (lbs)||First dose||Subsequent doses|
|5||1 x 125 mg tablet||½ x 125 mg tablet|
|10||1 x 250 mg tablet||½ x 250 mg tablet|
|20||1 x 500 mg tablet||½ x 500 mg tablet|
|30||3 x 250 mg tablets||1 + ½ x 250 mg tablets|
|40||2 x 500 mg tablets||1 x 500 mg tablet|
|50||2 + ½ x 500 mg tablets||1 x 500 mg tablet + 1 x 125 mg tablet|
For dogs over 50 pounds use an appropriate combination to reach the recommended target dosage. Our calculator below should help you.
Note: Generic liquid forms of sulfadimethoxine may use a different concentration. Always check the details on the bottle. The following dosage is based on the 5% solution (250 mg of sulfadimethoxine per 5 mL). For reference, a standard teaspoon in the United States is 5 mL.
|Weight of dog (lbs)||First dose (mL)||Subsequent doses (mL)|
Treatment duration: The treatment time may vary depending on the condition being treated. When using sulfadimethoxine off-label for coccidiosis 9 – 14 days is usually enough.
Is It Safe?
The medicine is usually safe when given in normal amounts and for normal lengths of time. Dogs may be unsuitable for treatment if they:
- Are hypersensitive to sulfonamides, sulfonylureas or thiazides
- Have poor liver or kidney function
- Have urinary obstruction
- Are pregnant/nursing
Guidelines For Use
We recommend these guidelines when using Albon (or generic sulfadimethoxine) to treat a dog:
- Never give to your dog without a prescription from a vet
- Complete the full course of medicine suggested by your vet
- Try to avoid SC or IM injections which can cause skin irritation
- Avoid use in pregnant/nursing animals whenever possible
Albon is used to treat the following conditions:
- Enteric, respiratory and soft-tissue infections
- Infections of the genitals or urinary organs
Here are some of the adverse effects your pet could experience during treatment:
- Allergic reactions
- Bone marrow depression
- Focal retinitis
- Joint pain
- Dry eyes
If sulfadimethoxine is injected too quickly muscle weakness, loss of motor control, loss of vision and collapse are possible.
Dr. P. Connick
Albon package insert
Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook (sixth edition)