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Old 11-09-2012, 01:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Baytril - Enrofloxacin in Puppies under 8 mos.

Ok I was feeling better until I looked up side effects of Bayrtil and discovered that is should not be used on puppies under 8 months!

Yesterday my puppy who will be 7 months came down with a fever. I lowered it a bit and took her to the vet as it was not coming down like I wanted it too!

They drew blood, and did a urinalysis, her results came back with the values to be normal except there was a rise in the white blood cells. They started her on Baytril 136mg a day.

She is doing better today and the fever was gone with the help of dog ibuprophen but tonight I am stressing because I just read the side effects of Baytril. It can cause cartlidge degeneration in dogs under 8 months! And it is not recommended in dogs under a year!

I know it is a widely used antibiotic but why did the vet perscribe it? She has only had 2 pills, tomorrow I will call and see if there is something else.

Has anyone had this experience? What are your thoughts?

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Old 11-09-2012, 09:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Definitely call and ask for a different antibiotic and explain why - sometimes though with a fever they use what will work and Baytril is a good strong antibiotic.

Is she still on the NSAID? That's another thing that I try not to give unless the benefits clearly outweigh the negatives.

We had 3 puppies pulled from a shelter in Georgia and a rescue held them for us. We had no idea...and should have done more research than just reading websites...anyway, the puppies were in a house where there were puppies with parvo, so the lady just gave them Baytril - they were under 8 weeks. My vet was not happy with that, and it wasn't long-term. While one of the puppies has had a lot of bone issues, I don't think you could point to Baytril (and how long they got it we don't know) and your girl is older, has only had 2, so that is to her benefit as well.

Good luck and hope she feels better!
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Definitely call and ask for a different antibiotic and explain why - sometimes though with a fever they use what will work and Baytril is a good strong antibiotic.

Is she still on the NSAID? That's another thing that I try not to give unless the benefits clearly outweigh the negatives.

We had 3 puppies pulled from a shelter in Georgia and a rescue held them for us. We had no idea...and should have done more research than just reading websites...anyway, the puppies were in a house where there were puppies with parvo, so the lady just gave them Baytril - they were under 8 weeks. My vet was not happy with that, and it wasn't long-term. While one of the puppies has had a lot of bone issues, I don't think you could point to Baytril (and how long they got it we don't know) and your girl is older, has only had 2, so that is to her benefit as well.

Good luck and hope she feels better!

Thanks for responding. Yes she is coming up on 7 months. The thing is I have taken great care to raise her properly, so she doesn't grow too rapidly. I hope the two pills she had doesn't make a difference. As soon as, the office opens I will request a different antibiotic. I only read medical drug information and I knew Baytril was one of the most used antibiotics out there but wanted to brush up on the side effects. I had another dog on it but he was 12. They state that tests haven't even been run on large and giant breed puppies because of the risks!

As far as, the NSAID she is getting two 75 mg a day.
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Update: The vet switched out the antibiotic and she is doing really good! She is on Clavamox now.
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