Baytril (Enrofloxacin) Pet Medication
Baytril is a veterinarian-prescribed medication that contains the active ingredient enrofloxacin, a type of antibiotic. This medication is indicated to treat certain bacterial infections in both cats and dogs. Baytril is a part of a class of drugs called fluoroquinolones, and works by preventing bacteria from replicating in the body of an infected cat or dog.
Pet owners should discuss Baytril side effects with a veterinarian before administering this medication to their pet.
Baytril is manufactured by Sava Medica Ltd and we have it in this dosage: 50 mg chewable tablet. We only carry the generic product in a pack size of 100 tablets.
Baytril should only ever be administered if it has been prescribed by the vet and they will clearly state the dose to be given. Doses will be 5 to 20 mg/kg a day and will be given orally. It is possible to split this over two doses if the dog takes it better that way. When given to cats it will be 5mg/kg per day at most. As with dogs this dose can be split and there should be 12 hours left between doses. If the vet is unsure that the dose is effective then they will change it, but it must be the decision of a vet not the pet owner.
Normally the tablets will be given for around 2 or 3 days after the last sign of infection have gone. Try to arrange to give the tablet on an empty stomach. Even if it appears that the condition has cleared up before the prescription has been finished, all the tablets should be taken.
Baytril Side Effects
As with humans, there is the risk that animals will have side effects when taking Baytril. As they cannot pass on details you will have to watch them carefully to see if they seem to be suffering. Most side effects are things that you will notice so you need to keep an eye out for:
- Loss of appetite
- Vomiting if they have been able to eat
- Tiredness – not as enthusiastic about going for a walk or playing
- Cataracts – this does tend to occur only when there has been long term use
The vet needs to know a lot about the health of the animal before they prescribe Baytril. The information that you have to make sure that they know is:
- The age of the animal – they should be at least 1 year of age and bones and joints that are not fully developed could be damaged
- The animal is not pregnant – again there could be an adverse effect on the way bones and joints develop
- If the animal already has problems with their kidneys or liver
- If there is a problem with the central nervous system
Great care should be taken when prescribing for cats especially if there have been kidney problems in the past as this could make them worse.
The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.