Antimicrobial Therapy In Exotics
Compendium on Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinerian
by Keven Flammer, Gregory Lewbart, Douglas Mader and Kare Rosenthal.
Publisher: Bayer Corporation
Edition: Vol. 20, No. 3, 1998.
Small mammals (rabbits, rodents and ferrets), exotic avians, reptiles and similar species are growing in importance in small animal practice. Bacterial infections in these animals are quite common and often require antimicrobial treatment.
Antibiotics licensed for small mammals and exotics are still lacking in most countries, such that in general, products for dogs and cats have to be used off-label.
Dosing recommendations made in the literature are based on empirical knowledge or, for selected species, on a limited number of pharmacokinetic studies.
It must be considered however, that anatomical, physiological and behavioural differences exist between the species, families and classes, such that dosing recommendations can only be used as guidelines.