It has several uses and can be used mainly to destroy bacterial infections that your pet may have gotten.It is available in chewable tablet form and liquid.
On a microscopic level Baytril invades the bacterial cells and destroys the DNA of each individual cell, eliminating bacteria from your canines system by causing it to die.
This anti-biotic is also used to prevent infections and is often administered before your dog has any type of surgery.
This is one of the only anti-biotics on the market for dogs that is approved by the FDA.
It is also deemed to be one the most of effective anti-biotics on the market for killing bacterial infections in dogs.
Side Effects Of Baytril For Dogs
Like all other medicines on the market for dogs that require a prescription, Baytril comes with its own set of possible side effects ranging from mild to serious. Some of these side effects can include:
- Urinary Side Effects
Baytril can cause crystals in the urine made up entirely of enroflaxin, another name for Baytril. These crystals can potential block the urinary track or cause your dog to have bladder stones.
- Digestive Side Effects
Baytril for dogs can cause an upset stomach, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. You may also see your dog have a decrease in appetite. Medicines are hard for your dog’s body to digest so these symptoms are commonly seen.
- Other Side Effects
This can include dizziness, drowsiness, and a lack of energy and a temporary loss of coordination. In some rare cases, it has also caused dogs to have seizures. If this medicine is given to puppies under the age of 8 months, it can cause cartilage to stop growing and permanent damage.
This is a specific form of Baytril used to treat ear infections in dogs. It is administer in the form of ear drops, or a liquid as opposed to the regular chewable tablets for other forms of infections.
Myths That Baytril Has Been Banned
There are rumors that this type of anti-biotic has been banned from the market for use on dogs. This is untrue. Baytril was actually banned for use in poultry such as chickens and turkeys; for fear that microbes in the poultry were causing the bacteria to grow immune to the antibiotic.
If this were to happen a new strand of bacteria could pass around through dogs and even humans that would be immune to treatment with the drug. Baytril is still safe for use for your dog to treat infections.
Choosing if Baytril is right for you should first require a consultation with your veterinarian. Remember if you are prescribed this medication use it only as directed, overdose of drugs is a leading cause of death among canines.
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