The Convenia medicine contains cefovecin, an antibiotic that is given by injection (subcutaneously). It is used in dogs and cats.
Each Convenia package is made of two vials, one containing a powder and the other containing a diluent. Before use, the powder is dissolved in a diluent to prepare a solution for injection.
Convenia is used to treat infections caused by certain specific bacteria. It is generally administered in the form of a single injection, and the effect of this injection lasts up to 14 days. Depending on the infection being treated, the injection may be repeated if necessary (up to 3 times).
The Convenia medicine is administered to dogs to treat skin and soft tissue infections. These are infections that occur on the skin and in the layers just below the skin, such as wounds, abscesses, and pyoderma (an itchy skin infection and pustules). The Convenia is also used to treat dogs with urinary tract infections caused by some specific bacteria.
This medicine is also administered to cats to treat skin and soft tissue infections, such as wounds and abscesses. Convenia is used to treat cats with urinary tract infections caused by some specific bacteria.
This injection is available only by prescription.
How much does a Convenia injection cost?
The cost of Convenia injection is influenced by some factors such as the geographical location and the vet. However, expect to pay anywhere between $360 and $470 for a bottle of 10 milliliters. Also, according to Zoetis, the total cost will greatly depend on the size of your pet. But the majority of the pet owners said that they had to pay more than $110 for a large-sized dog and around $25 for a cat.
These estimates won’t include the cost of the extra lab tests required before the injection is even considered and the fee for the vet office examination for the prescription. It was reported by some pet owners paid more than $2,100 for the injection, vet examinations, and lab work.
For example, the Entirely Pets Pharmacy sells a 20 ml bottle Convenia injection for $492, but if you choose the auto-ship option, you will have to pay only $467 and you will be able to save $25. This shows us how much a vet has to pay wholesale for their cabinet.
According to some pet owners from the TheCatSite.com forum, the price of a Convenia injection for a 20-pound cat would be anywhere between $25 and $85.
On the other hand, according to dr. Gennifer Coates, the average cost of a Convenia injection for a large dog would be around $110.
How does the Convenia work?
The active substance in Convenia is cefovecin, which belongs to a group of antibiotics called third-generation cephalosporins. All of these cephalosporin antibiotics, including cefovecin, kill bacteria by inhibiting the formation of bacterial cell walls, killing bacteria, and curing the infection. As with other antibiotics, cefovecin is not effective against all types of bacteria.
Cefovecin is different from other similar cephalosporin antibiotics because it stays in the body of your dog or cat for a very long time after the injection. The effect of an injection lasts up to 14 days.
To ensure proper dosing, bodyweight should be determined as accurately as possible to avoid underdosing. The recommended dosage for this product is 3.6 milligrams per pound and a single injection can provide up to 14 days of relief, according to the drug label on it. Just like humans, some pets may need a repeat dosage for the medication to be effective. According to a U.S. efficacy study, only 14% of dogs with skin infections required another injection after their initial treatment.
Dose by Body Weight
Important things to consider
To date, no side effects have been reported for the Convenia treatment. However, it should not be used in dogs or cats that are allergic to cephalosporin or penicillin antibiotics.
The Convenia should also not be given to dogs or cats under 8 weeks old or to dogs or cats with severe renal impairment.
The use of the Convenia is not recommended in pregnant or lactating dog or cat females. Treated animals should not be used for breeding for 12 weeks after the last injection with the Convenia.