What is enrofloxacin for dogs used for? Enrofloxacin (brand name: Baytril®) is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. Its use in dogs to treat certain specific infections and its use in small mammals, birds, and reptiles is ‘off label’ or ‘extra label’. Many drugs are commonly prescribed for off label use in veterinary medicine.
How fast does enrofloxacin work? This medication should start having effects within 1 to 2 hours; however, you may not see the effects of this medication outwardly. Your animal should begin feeling better within 1 to 2 days.
What bacteria does enrofloxacin treat? Enrofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibacterial drug. It is bactericidal with a broad spectrum of activity. Its mechanism of action inhibits DNA gyrase, thus inhibiting both DNA and RNA synthesis. Sensitive bacteria include Staphylococcus, Escherichia coli, Proteus, Klebsiella, and Pasteurella.
How long should a dog take enrofloxacin? The dose for dogs and cats may be administered either as a single daily dose or divided into 2 equal daily doses administered at 12-hour intervals. The dose should be continued for at least 2-3 days beyond cessation of clinical signs, to a maximum of 30 days.