Baytril For Rabbits

Enrofloxacin (Baytril, Bayer) is a fluoroquinolone that is active against a wide range of Gram-negative and some Gram-positive micro-organisms. It is active against Pseudomonas spp. and Mycoplasma spp. At the present time (2013), enrofloxacin is the only systemic antibiotic authorized for use in rabbits. Pasteurella multocida is very sensitive to enrofloxacin in vitro (Mähler et al., 1995). Enrofloxacin is indicated for the treatment of bacterial infections of the alimentary and respiratory tract. After administration by the oral or subcutaneous route, the drug is rapidly distributed through the tissues before being eliminated. In order to maintain minimum inhibitory concentrations of enrofloxacin for P. multocida, 12-hourly dosing of 5 mg/kg is required either orally or parenterally

Description

In our experience (remember, we are not vets, so always consult your veterinarian before making any health decisions about your rabbit), Baytril is a good ‘go-to’ antibiotic for rabbits. It is an oral antibiotic, and it tastes TERRIBLE (you don’t need to be a vet to know that for sure!). When we administer Baytril, we ‘pull’ the medicine in to the oral syringe and then fill the rest of the syringe with something very tasty and very sweet, like fruit syrup (from a jar of jam or jelly), juice, or even syrup. While sugar is not good for rabbits, a tiny amount to ‘help the medicine go down’ seems only fair. Don’t be surprised if your rabbit learns very quickly to try to avoid the Baytril syringe at any cost, and be ready with something delicious (like a piece of banana, apple, or berry) to wash away the flavor.

Indications

Baytril 5% Solution for Injection is a clear sterile light yellow solution for injection containing as active ingredient enrofloxacin 50 mg/ml with 30 mg/ml n-butyl alcohol as a preservative.
Dogs and Cats: treats bacterial infections of the alimentary, respiratory and urogenital tracts, skin, secondary wound infections and otitis externa where clinical experience, supported where possible by sensitivity testing of the causal organism, indicates enrofloxacin as the drug of choice.
Cattle: treats diseases of the respiratory and alimentary tract of bacterial or mycoplasmal origin (e.g. pasteurellosis, mycoplasmosis, coli-bacillosis, coli-septicaemia and salmonellosis) and secondary bacterial infections subsequent to viral conditions (e.g. viral pneumonia) where clinical experience, supported where possible by sensitivity testing of the causal organism, indicates enrofloxacin as the drug of choice.
Pigs: treats diseases of the respiratory and alimentary tract of bacterial or mycoplasmal origin (e.g. pasteurellosis, actinobacillosis, mycoplasmosis, coli-bacillosis, coli-septicaemia and salmonellosis) and mulifactorial diseases such as atrophic rhinitis and enzootic pneumonia, where clinical experience, supported where possible by sensitivity testing of the causal organism, indicates enrofloxacin as the drug of choice.
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Dosage 


Dogs and Cats: 5mg enrofloxacin per kg bodyweight (1.0 ml/10 kg) daily by subcutaneous injection once daily for up to 5 days. Treatment may be initiated with the product and maintained with Baytril Flavour Tablets.
Cattle: 2.5 mg enrofloxacin per kg bodyweight (0.5 ml/10 kg) daily by subcutaneous injection for 3 days. This rate may be doubled to 5 mg enrofloxacin per kg bodyweight (1.0 ml/10 kg) for 5 days for salmonellosis and complicated respiratory diseases. Not more than 10 ml should be administered at the one subcutaneous injection site.
Pigs: 2.5 mg enrofloxacin per kg bodyweight (0.5 ml/10 kg) daily by intramuscular injection for 3 days. This rate may be doubled to 5 mg enrofloxacin per kg bodyweight (1.0 ml/10 kg) for 5 days for salmonellosis and complicated respiratory diseases. Not more than 2.5 ml should be administered at the one intramuscular site.

Withdrawal period

Cattle, meat and offal: 14 days
Pigs, meat and offal: 10 days
Not permitted for use in lactating animals producing milk for human consumption.
Size 100ml

Caution

Skin irritation or formation of sterile abscesses after subcutaneous injection of antibiotics like penicillin or enrofloxacin (Baytril) is possible. When the antibiotic is dissolved in a water-based solution, e.g., enrofloxacin, the formation of sterile abscesses can be avoided by diluting the amount to be given by the same amount of a sterile saline solution. Beside sterile abscesses, the use of Baytril over longer periods of time may lead to muscle necrosis. Fluoroquinilone antibiotics can moreover lead to cartilage damage of the cartilage and damage of joints (arthropathy) when used over a longer period in young rabbits.

Prices of Baytril For Rabbits

$24.95- $72.64

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