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Home Forum DIET & CARE Quitting her antibiotics early?

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    • Alisha
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      Luna was put on a 10-day long antibiotic (orbax) and pain meds as well. I actually ended up getting another thing of pain meds at a higher dose. BUT she seems a lot better. She actually ate a big chunk of greens last night and I’ve been forcing meds in her mouth for almost 9 days now? Do you think it’s completely safe to just call it good and stop giving her the meds? I slept in this morning and missed her normal medicine time by like 20 minutes but I was thinking that maybe it’s fine to just stop anyway? I read that overdoing antibiotics could end up being bad and maybe she doesn’t need a full 10 days anyway? And I don’t think she’s in pain anymore. It HAS been a while after her spay even if she did have a more complicated surgery with a bigger incision. Incision looks good. She’s getting the staples taken out on the 14th. The vet said I shouldn’t let her have any physical activity for two weeks either. What are your thoughts on that? I have her in a small-ish enclosure for now. She’s mostly just getting bored. 


    • Kiki
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      How long ago was she spayed? I know they tell you not to discontinue meds, but I stopped giving Indie pain meds after 3 days. She was miserable, I was miserable, and she was stoned and wouldn’t eat well. As soon as I discontinued them she was eating, and perked right up. I guess my thing is , you are her furmom only you can decide what you think is best


    • Alisha
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      She was spayed on the 1st and stayed overnight until the 2nd so it’s pretty much been almost 10 days anyway and I feel like it’s been overdone but yeah if you’ve read any of my other posts, she did have a dramatic experience. I still think it’s over the top though and she doesn’t need them. Her incision is closed up and I don’t see how she’s getting an infection anytime soon. And exactly, I think if I stop the meds, she’ll eat more – which is most important right now because it’s been this long and she’s still not eating much. I think the meds mess with her appetite a ton.


    • Kiki
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      here’s the thing, you can always try it for a couple days and see if her eating improves.  If there are problems you said she goes back to the vet soon, right?


    • Alisha
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      Well, ironically her stomach started making loud gurgling noises so I called the vet and they want me to take her in anyway haha so now that’s happening.


    • Wick
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      I would feel okay with stopping pain meds early if they seem unnecessary. I’m less liberal about antibiotics because they are treating/preventing something invisible, so it’s unclear if stopping them early will do more good than harm. I would consult with your vet!


    • Kiki
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      Has she been eating much? I know I read somewhere in the forum that gurgling is usually good because it means their tract is moving properly? I wish you luck with this vet thing, I know this has been an ongoing saga for you both.


    • Alisha
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      That’s what I was thinking. She hasn’t been eating much at all then yesterday she finally ate like almost two large leaves of green leaf lettuce so I was asking the vet maybe that just meant she finally ate a good amount and it’s adjusting/digesting? She seems totally fine, lounging out on her side. She flopped. I have a feeling I’ll go in there today (an hour away) and pay an “emergency fee” for no reason. But oh well, better safe than sorry.


    • Bam
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      It’s good you are seeing the vet. Infections can crop up when you stop antibiotics if not all bacteria have been eliminated. That can happen in a closed wound because the bacteria gets in when the wound is open and then they linger, “waiting” for the opportunity to start festering. 9 days or 10 days wont make a significant difference though. As for antibiotic resistance, there is actually no conclusive evidence supporting the claim that stopping a course of antibiotic sooner will increase the risk of antibiotic resistance. All use of antibiotics increases the risk of antibiotic resistance, which doesn’t mean you should not use antibiotics when they are warranted, in your case they absolutely are warranted.

      As for physical activity, I agree with the vet. The internal wounds need two wwwks to heal after a normal spay, and Luna’s spay was complicated. The better safe than sorry-principle applies here too in ?


    • Alisha
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      They want me to stop antibiotics now anyway, they gave me so probiotics to give her instead. She just had some gas from eating a lot of greens suddenly after not eating much and it passed way before we got there. She’s good and healthy


    • Bam
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      ❤? Yay!! Lovely news!


    • Kiki
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      I am glad she is doing better, she sure is a lovely bun

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