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    Cipro side effects?

    Cherokee started on Cipro 2 days ago and, this morning, at agility he was having huge bouts of what seemed like coughing or reverse sneezing and we had to stop class early because he just couldn't focus and was very low energy and generally not at all himself.

    I called the vet when I got home because everyone in class thought he might be having stomach upset from the Cipro. The vet said to skip today's dose and give him some Prilosec.

    Cherokee skipped his dinner and is acting "strange", like he's suspicious. If he is still acting weird tomorrow I will follow up again with the vet.

    Researching Cipro alludes to some more serious side effects "Serious side effects of ciprofloxacin in dogs include seizures, convulsions, confusion, depression, sudden pain, swelling near or of the joints, nausea, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, yellowing of the eyes or skin, more or less urination than usual, or diarrhea that is watery or bloody. If your dog develops these side effects, immediately discontinue ciprofloxacin treatment and consult your veterinarian."

    Anyone have any experience with this?
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    Re: Cipro side effects?

    I have not had this experience with Cipro, but the side effects are the same in people (This is human quality antibiotic).
    1. The first step is always to check with the Vet. There are other meds available.
    2. Most side effects occur only in dogs under one year, but they are rare. Not much help if your dog is one of them.
    3. Unless told otherwise by the Vet (and always ask), All meds should be given with a handful of food.

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    Thanks. After 36 hours off of the Cipro, he is still acting strange so I took him to the e-vet.

    5 weeks ago he was diagnosed with Lyme and Anaplasmosis and also tested significant for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Erlichia. So, given that today his presentation was like it was before his treatment for the tick borne diseases, and she couldn't find anything significant on exam, she is giving him another course of Doxy for the tick borne diseases and discontinuing the Cipro (which was given for stuff found in his urine at his follow-up exam for the lyme at his regular vet on Wed).

    I hope he is acting himself tomorrow or the next day. If not, she suggested a full blood panel to see if anything else is going on....
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    Re: Cipro side effects?

    Cipro is powerful but doesn't catch everything. Let us know what else is happening...

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    Well, he was back to himself shortly after our visit to the e-vet. I suspect he had a reaction to his vaccine. He's good as new but I'm still finishing the doxy to make triple sure we have wiped out the Lyme Disease. He tolerates it really well so, I would rather be safe than sorry on that front.
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    Yeah, not positive, but I think that Lyme can do a number on his immune system, so sounds like a good strategy.

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