- Apr 26, 2007
- Reaction score
- Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA
This isn't specifically related to rabbits but it still is relevent to our discussions. I have preached the entire time I have been on this forum about the misuse of antibiotics, particularly Ciprofloxacins like Baytril. Now a small clinical study on humans is confirming what I have been saying all along.....these oral antibiotics severely disrupt the beneficial flora in the GI. The only exception to this article as it relates to rabbits is the use of yogurt which is improper in rabbits....but we do have safe probiotics. The tests were performed using Cipro....Baytril is the animal version of this drug. We have known for years that the Cipro and Sulfa family of drugs was damaging to the GI tract (particularly rabbits and other hind gut fermenters) and we have known that Baytril is quickly becoming ineffective and obsolete due to resistance issues with the bacterial population. If your vet prescribes Baytril....I encourage you to respectfully discuss the possibility of other drugs that are both safe and effective.