A. All drugs have side effects. Discuss any concerns you have regarding the medicating or treatment of your pet directly with your veterinarian. The geriatric patient with renal failure may not be a candidate for many drugs and antibiotics, especially those excreted through the kidneys. A culture and sensitivity panel should be submitted, if possible, prior to treating an infection. This can identify the responsible bacterium as well as the best antibiotic to use for treatment depending on the patient's status.

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A. All drugs can have side effects and adverse reactions in any patients and most of these can be impossible to predict. All medications are prescribed and administered on a risk:benefit analysis where the risk of not treating is more significant than the risk of harm. Convenia is generally a very safe antibiotic and useful for certain infections in cats which are unwilling or unable to take oral medication; it is however not recommended in cases of severe kidney disease. You do not mention what is currently wrong with your cat or what kidney investigations he has had so it is impossible to advise directly. Please discuss any concerns you have with your prescribing vet

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