• My dog Mikka is on doxycycline for lyme's disease. She usually swallows them whole on her own but she dropped on tonight and chewed it. I was told she shouldn't chew it before. Is this going to decrease its effectiveness??

    Hi Mollie,
    The main concern with chewing or crushing doxycycline is that it is the medication is acidic and can potentially cause damage to the esophagus as it does not make it all the way to the stomach. This can be avoided if the pills are swallowed whole because of the coating on the pill. The risk of this can also be minimized by giving food or water right after the pill. I recommend that you talk to your vet about him chewing the pill. They can let you know more about the specific risk to your pet and what you can do to minimize the risk. If you see any signs like not wanting to eat, vomiting, or lethargy, I recommend that you take her into see a vet as soon as possible.

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