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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-19-2009, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Medicine other than Baytril to treat an URI?

We took Brigsby to the vet today. She said everything checked out fine but since he had mucus around his nose he probably had an URI. (My boyfriend highly doubted this since she said his lungs sounded good, so he thinks we were ripped off, which I can't really say we weren't.)

She prescribed Vibramycin (antibiotic) and Baytril.
The medicines and exam all together cost $109. Does that price sound right, and have you ever heard of Vibramycin being used?

(the exam was $49.50, the Vibramycin was $31.00 and Baytril was $28.69)


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It all depends on where you live, that is about right for me in Toronto, Canada.

vibramycin is a brand name for doxycycline, and doxy/baytril is a good well known and prescribed combo for URI.

Now, tell us more about his symptoms and let me know what the concentrations of his baytril and doxycycline are (mg/ml)
and how much your vet was telling you to give, and for how long was the course of treatment?

These are all very important. I just want to make sure your vet is on the ball.

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he has sneezing fits (along with Schubert, but schubert isnt as bad. we plan on taking him very soon as well) and the red plasma build up around his nose is high until he cleans it (he cleans it so quickly its hard to tell he has it unless you catch him in time) and when he sneezes he gets snot (im guessing, it looks like water droplets but its not.) on his whiskers.

she gave us "baytril suspension" she wants us to give him .55ml twice a day and "vibramycin suspension" .25ml twice a day. (read off the bottles)

Edit: sorry i forgot to say she wants us to treat him for 10 days and if the symptoms dont cease to bring him back in.


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The red around the nose/eyes is normal after they just wake up. They normal get up and clean themselves and remove it.



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ive read that the red can sometimes be linked to myco but that may be wrong.


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he has sneezing fits (along with Schubert, but schubert isnt as bad. we plan on taking him very soon as well) and the red plasma build up around his nose is high until he cleans it (he cleans it so quickly its hard to tell he has it unless you catch him in time) and when he sneezes he gets snot (im guessing, it looks like water droplets but its not.) on his whiskers.

she gave us "baytril suspension" she wants us to give him .55ml twice a day and "vibramycin suspension" .25ml twice a day. (read off the bottles)

Edit: sorry i forgot to say she wants us to treat him for 10 days and if the symptoms dont cease to bring him back in.
The red is porphyrin and a bit is okay, as long as once they fully wake up and have that first good grooming it goes away for the day. If it comes back or is really excessive its an indicator of a problem (illness, stress, injury).

Clear fluid from sneezes is normalish too. Its when its not clear or they are sneezing big sprays of porphyrin you start to worry again.

So your vet didn't put down anything like mg/ml on the bottles? Sigh.

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Well 10 days is not long enough at all. A minimum of 2 weeks is what you need. I have done 3 weeks and up many times depending on the severity of the illness. With 10 days worth of meds, you are tamping down the illness, but not curing it, then once you stop the meds, within 2-3 days it comes back to life, sometimes even worse than before.

At least they got the twice a day dosing LOL

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i believe its only when they wake up. they love naps during the day and theyre up all night keeping me up lol.
my boyfriend and i both found the vet a bit shady. i mean dont get me wrong she seemed really nice but like she was kinda out for the money and kept us waiting foreverrrr for a too quick exam. we're probably going to find a new vet before the meds are up. and no, she didnt put a mg/ml dosage all it says is baytril suspension shake well and give 0.55cc by mouth twice a day for 10 days store at room temp. and the keep away from children, name of the office, brig's name and my boyfriend's name.

thank you for all the help i know it must be tedious.


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Not a bit. I love helping people out, they learn, they help someone else out in turn later on. Its how I was taught myself, that and endless research. I find people respond better to pics than long wordy confusing descriptions so I have a huge medical library of pics and random things like postal scales for weighing, where the .02 cc mark is on a medicating syringe, injuries, abscesses, etc

It does sound a bit like gouging. Where are you located?

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haha random things to have but im sure very useful as the picture was for me and i am located in nashville, tennessee. luvboyrats referred me to a vet, we went with this one though, and im almost positive it was the wrong decision. the one she referred us to is also i think they said 75.00 (somewhere around there) for an exam which is a bit on the high side, but as they say if you cant afford the vet you can't afford the pet. my boyfriend just found a job though (which is basically a miracle seeing as we're in a recession. the zoo here was hiring for 35 positions and i heard over 200 people showed up, and i heard about a janitorial job at a school had over 100 aplicants. anyways, thats off topic.) and once he and i start getting money right we're going to try that vet. until then we want to shop around and see if there is one any closer than the one she recommended.
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No worries. You have to find the vet you are comfortable with.

For now I wouldn't worry too much about your boys.

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Thank you so much for all your help!
I feel like a paranoid mother over her first child/twins lol


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Thank you so much for all your help!
I feel like a paranoid mother over her first child/twins lol
Its better to ask and be reassured. You should've seen me during my learning curve. The things I ran to the vet for in a panic , he was sweet but he still laughed at me.

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No worries. You have to find the vet you are comfortable with.

I went to a few vets before finding one that I wanted to stick with. I now go to one that is a 45 minute drive from me, despite there being one 10 minutes from my house.

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