Having suffered from a reaction to Cipro myself in 2012 and learning pets were also being prescribed these drugs, I was horrified to realize when I was going through their vet records how many of our pets had received Baytril (the sister drug to Cipro) without my knowledge, during their dentals. There is no way to ask them, “so did you experience any negative side effects” and so instead I have to rely on my knowledge of our pets. Earl, who has since passed on was given Baytril at the humane society. He was a big burly Bulldog/Mastiff mix weighing close to a 100lbs. Shortly after we’d adopted him, he started yelping when we’d pet his hind end and so we had X-Rays done. That’s when we found out he had hip dysplasia and spondylosis. Both are painful conditions, so it only makes sense, right? The unusual thing was over the years the pain seemed to diminish, rather than worsen and in retrospect, without being able to ask him, I’d say he had a reaction similar to my own? That would just be an assumption, however.
Then I realized our foster dog, Lumpy had been given Baytril not just once or twice, but three times in the two years we’d had her before she also passed on. Her condition was much trickier, since she was initially rescued off the streets after being hit by a car, with her hind leg shattered. The vets fixed her hind leg with a plate and screws, administering Baytril to prevent infection and for a week or so, she seemed to be getting back her ability to walk when we decided instead to adopt her. The unusual part here was, she out of the clear started not using her hind leg again while in the standing position and began holding it up, so I saw a different vet who suggested the plate be removed. It never improved, however and so saw a specialist who ran more X-Rays, including her spine, but no vet could explain why she wouldn’t use it, saying “it had healed up nicely”. Lumpy was also extremely jumpy and fearful of noises. She wouldn’t ever play or bark and was always very distant. At the time we thought this was all because of whatever life she’d led before us and having maybe been abused. We’re never going to know though.
Then there’s my girl, Tillie, who had a dental two years ago and was given Baytril. Like I said, this was all before my own experience with the drug. I never even considered her pains might be the result of an antibiotic, but when I brought her home, she was walking really weird. Kind of like she’d done a split by accident. Acting like her knees were painful and hunkered down in her hind section. I thought about why she might be sore and remembered seeing a spay take place, where the dogs legs were strapped apart on the table… but she wasn’t spayed that day, she’d only had a dental. Tillie was (is) an older girl, so then I thought maybe the hard surface had made her sore. After a couple days passed she started favoring her right leg and she has ever since then. So it would just appear to anyone else as arthritis?! That would make sense, right, with her being 14 yrs old, but I believe now that it was the Baytril and since there’s no way for us to know for certain, I’ve been upset at the questions they can’t answer.
The best one though, would be the latest, with our cat Helga. She had a bladder infection a few months ago, so I took her to the vet and the first thing out of my mouth was “no fluoroquinolone antibiotics, like Baytril” and the vet said “no problem”. So he gives me a packet of Orbax pills, saying how safe they were and I trusted him. For a week or so her symptoms improved, but then they came back, so we returned and he gave us another packet of the same pills. She was good for a month, but then she started acting painful and I returned. He felt her back end and she let off screams when he’d touch her spine near the base of her tail and asked “did she get in a fight with a dog or did you maybe shut her tail in a door” and I told him “no… of course not”. So he examined her belly and she cried when he squeezed on her bladder as well. He gave her a pain shot and me some more of the same pills. After I’d finished her prescription, I was bored one day and looked up “Orbax”. Guess what Orbax is? Another Fluoroquinolone!! She’s fine now, but the pain she had in her spine had to be 100% to do with those Fluoroquinolones I’d requested she not be given and without knowing ALL of the drugs many names, gave to her any way.
So that’s our long story and now it’s posted on all our pet’s files, none are to ever be given any of the Fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics, such as Orbax, Zeniquin, Marbofloxacin, Enrofloxacin, Baytril… etc. so hopefully we’re done with that and all the questions I have now about every ache and pain they’ve ever had in the past. It’s impossible to know.