Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections. When needed for treatment of an infection in a rabbit, these drugs should be prescribed only by a veterinarian well-versed in rabbit medicine. Infections caused by bacteria can occur anywhere in the body. The best way to determine which type of antibiotic will be most effective against a particular infection is to take a sample of infected tissue (for example, a small section of the wall of an abscess, or a surface swab of the affected area), and send it to a laboratory for culture and sensitivity testing. It is advisable to have both an aerobic and an anaerobic bacterial tests performed to best determine what medications will be most effective.
In some cases, the infection may occur in an difficult-to-access place, such as inside the respiratory tract, urinary tract, inside of the eye, intestinal tract or bone. In this case, the veterinarian may need to make a “best guess” about which antibiotic is best to treat the problem. Baytril Otic is definitely for ears as it also contains an antifungal, but Baytril (normal) is prescribed orally or injectible
Let me just start out by saying some rabbits will not fight you the way Oliver fights me when it comes to giving them medicine. It really does depend on the rabbit and their level of stubbornness. Administering the oral medicines (with a syringe feeder) has been a ride, let me tell you. Even though the medicines are sweet and Oliver (who has a major sweet tooth) has not minded taking them in the past, this time he would take about half of his antibiotic and then proceed to let it dribble out of his mouth! It was like force feeding a toddler.
To give him his medicine, I situate him between my legs with his head facing away from me; I press his body firmly between my legs. I lift up his upper body with my left hand and press the syringe feeder into the side of his mouth until he takes it. Sometimes this takes longer than it should if he refuses to open his mouth. Now, if there are two people doing this (oral meds and ear drops), I would recommend elevating your rabbit onto a table to make this easier, but because it’s just me, I don’t want to risk Oliver jumping off a table and hurting himself since I only have so many hands
Features of Baytril Otic For Rabbits
Enrofloxacin otic (brand name Baytril® Otic) is an antibacterial/antifungal agent used in the treatment of ear infections in dogs and cats. Its use in cats is ‘off label’ or ‘extra label’. Many drugs are commonly prescribed for off label use in veterinary medicine. In these instances, follow your veterinarian’s directions and cautions very carefully. Enrofloxacin is a liquid that comes in a bottle with a dropper tip. Shake the medication well before each use.
You may need assistance when administering ear drops to your pet (see handouts “Applying Ear Drops to Cats” and “Applying Ear Drops to Dogs” for tips). Tilt your pet’s head so that the affected ear is facing upwards. Use enough drops to ensure that the lesions in the ear and the ear canal are coated. Your veterinarian will recommend the number of drops to be applied. Gently massage the ear to ensure that the medication is evenly distributed. This medication will take effect quickly, in about 1 to 2 hours, but visbile effects may take a few days to be noticed.
Uses/benefits of Baytril Otic For Rabbits
Baytril is used to treat bacterial infections of the ear in dogs. Baytril Otic is a combination prescription medication effective against many types of bacterial and fungal (yeast) infections.
- – Steroid-free emulsion for the treatment of ear infections in dogs
- – Baytril Otic is effective against certain bacterial and fungal infections
- – Easy-to-use dropper bottle
- The water-based emulsion does not contain steroids.
- A dropper top bottle makes it easy to administer the drops in your pet’s ear.
- Treats ear infections in dogs.
- Effective against fungal and bacterial infections.
- Non-steroidal treatment.
- Dropper top bottle for easy application.
Prices of Baytril Otic For Rabbits
$15.99 – $17.99