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Antibiotic For Cats That Can Cause Nerve Damage — 9 Comments

  1. I wanted to add something to this thread even though it is quite old.
    Retinal changes are most often seen when the dose reaches greater than 15mg/kg/per day. However the standard dose of no more than 5mg/kg/per day was set because that is where in a test study of 124 cats NO changes were seen at the 5 mg dose for 30 days.
    Peer reviewed articles like you find on Plumb’s Briefs reveal veterinarians consider that 5 mg dose safe but not foolproof and most veterinarians opt for safer drugs in this class like veraflox that has a much higher threshold of safety. Fluoroquinolones are big gun antibiotics. Since 2005 veterinarians have been cautioned to use them judiciously to preserve their effectiveness.
    My bad vet sees enrofloxacin as her top shelf antibiotic. That is per her testimony under oath at the trial.

  2. Michael,
    If your friend with the nerve damage has not tried methyl B-12, have him try it. Not just any B-12, it has to be methylated. He can take very high doses of it safely. It really works to heal peripheral neuropathy. It also helped my neighbor Dick regain some memories after he had a stroke. It’s amazing, so if he has not tried it, I would definitely recommend it. Dick’s stroke was four years ago when he tried the methyl B-12 and got some good results from it, so even if the pain is long standing it might still help. Chronic pain can be very tricky though, because it’s almost like the brain gets so used to sending pain signals that even when the damage is fixed you can’t stop it. I would still try the methyl B-12 though.

  3. Michael,
    The puppies in the Cipro study went lame from cartilage degeneration. Fluoroquinolones can cause damage to cartilage and connective tissue all over the body. There are a few ways they do this. One is through loss of magnesium– lots of our body tissues, like tendons, are practically made of it. It doesn’t just chelate it from the bloodstream. Anywhere Cipro finds magnesium it can form bonds with it and float it right out of your cells. Secondly, it causes mitochondrial damage. FQ’s are really chemo drugs, just very bad chemo drugs because they destroy all types of cells, not just fast growing cells, as chemo drugs usually will do. It probably is a combination of these two things that damaged the puppies joints. They ended up with severe arthritis. Cipro can age you very quickly. People go from healthy twenty somethings to feeling like they are eighty years old over night, with the accompanying arthritis, pain and mobility problems. Those poor puppies in the study went through that, and yet Cipro is still given to children. Animal experimentation is bad enough, but then to ignore the results and still keep giving the drug to people? I just don’t get it.

  4. This is very worrying and thank goodness for the internet where we can research any drug thoroughly rather than just trust a vet or a doctor.
    I don’t think some of them know much about the drugs they are so blithely prescribing!

    • It was a little tricky digging around for this information but as you say the internet does have its uses. I am sure a vet would say that the incidences of nerve damage are extremely rare etc. but I don’t think that is the point. The point is that the drug should be used sparingly but it appears to be prescribed commonly.

  5. It’s really scary. I won’t ever give my cats any medicine ever without doing my own research first. Simple as that.

    For a cat this must be awful. My reaction to cipro was extremely harsh. I couldn’t walk, couldn’t sleep and had alot of pain and adverse effects which rendered me pretty incapable of anything.

    It should not be used 90% of the times it is. There may be some specific uses for it that others can’t do. But still, it is to be avoided wherever there’s another option I suppose.

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