Veterinarians frequently prescribe the antibiotic Baytril for respiratory, skin, ear and urinary tract infections and abscess and puncture wound infections in dogs. Normally Baytril, or enrofloxacin, is safe and effective but there can be side effects in some dogs. If your dog has a known sensitivity or allergy to Baytril, be sure to alert your veterinarian. Like many other drugs it can interact with other medications. If your dog is on other medication or supplements, consult with your vet about possible interactions.
Vomiting, nausea and diarrhea are all possible side effects and are most common in dogs who are receiving high doses of Baytril for an ear infection. In rare cases Baytril can cause urinary crystals, which can block the urinary tract and make it painful for your dog to urinate. It is important to keep your dog well-hydrated. If you observe any new symptoms or behaviors in your dog while he is taking Baytril, inform your veterinarian immediately.
Contraindications of Baytril
Baytril should not be used in pregnant or nursing dogs unless the infection warrants it. Baytril can increase the risk for seizure activity in epileptic dogs so is best not used on animals with known disorders. It can cause damage to joint cartilage in dogs less than 8 months of age and is not recommended for puppies.