Baytril and Re-establishing Healthy Bacteria
Hello, I had written previous regarding some issues I am having with my Sun Conure (straining to pass droppings/not sleeping at night). She eats Harrison's pellets and also baked sweet potatos, some mango, some blueberries along with Harrison's Bird Bread. So far my vet has been unable to pin point what is causing her to strain when producing droppings, and also the bubbles in her droppings (the droppings are extremely thick.) She has blood work done and also Gram stain, but she thought it would be beneficial to administer a course of antibiotics before doing further tests such as radiographs, cultures, scoping. She suspects she may have a low-grade baterial infection and has perscribed liquid Baytril for 2 weeks, which is mixed with a syrup and given in 5ml twice a day. If this doesn't take care of her symptoms we are going to do further diagnostic tests... at first I was very reluctant to administer the antibiotic without knowing what was wrong but my vet convinced me it will not do any harm and will likely help her. What are your thoughts on this? She has been on them for two days now.
Also is there any way to replenish the healthy bacteria during or after a course of antibiotics? From what I understand the healthy bacteria in the intestines will be wiped out by the Baytril. Would apple cider vinegar help? I have also heard of giving yogurt with probiotics but am unsure about this. Would you recommend any natural anti biotics or anti inflammatories in conjunction with the Baytril or after the two weeks? I have been reading about apple cider, aloe, cayenne and garlic.
Thank you for any advice about what to do to replenish the good bacteria, possible natural remedies and your opionion on the Baytril.