Need help with proper dose of baytril

by Kelli
(Indiana )

I had to order baytril on line as I do not have an avian vet in my area or one who sees birds. I've been around birds long enough to know My English Budgie has a Respiratory infection, Also I know Baytril is what is always prescribed.

here is what the bottle says..
Baytril 10% -Baytril 10% has a concentration of 100Mg per 1 ML

it states to give 2ML per quart of drinking water for 10 days

For starters my birds' water dish is only holds 6oz of water not a quart

but I do not like giving meds in water as its not a guarantee they're getting it at all since they do not drink much water

What I need to know is how many ML(that is what the syringe goes by) to give of this 10% Baytril by Beak(mouth/orally)instead of in the water- and Would I need to dilute it more than it already is, or can I just extract the proper dose out of the bottle and put it in his beak.

if this isn't possible then I would need to know how many ml to give in a 6oz water dish,because it states to make fresh daily so I'm not able to mix it up in a quart jug and just water him from that.

thank you for your help - This wouldn't be listed as an Emergency as I'll continue to give in his water until i find the answer :)

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Oct 18, 2018
Adjusting Baytril 10% for 2% instructions
by: OHW

I have a 1.5 kg bird prescribed 10mg per kg at 2% dilution for two weeks (long time for a bird but she has a raging infection).
I just ran out of the 2% and need to figure out the proper dose for the 10% dilution (100mg/ml).

Thanks for your help.


Jul 18, 2016
Different strengths of baytril!! BEWARE
by: Madena

Be careful as there is 2.27% and 10%!! you could be quadrupling the dose.

The avian dosage is 10-30 milligrams per kilogram

How to make six ounces rather than a quart... simple math. A quart equals 32 ounces or 5.33X6+32 or just make 8 ouncesand divide your instructions by four. So 2 ml divided by 4= 0.5 for eight ounces or divide by 5.33 you get .38 for six ounces.

Also for all of you trying to figure out the dosage the math is as follow

weight of bird in kilograms X the dosage divided by medication per ml or cc.. so if your bird weighs 250 grams and you want to give 10 mgs per kg and the meds are 100 mg per ml you want to only giv 0.03cc.

here is a dosage calculator id you don't want to do or don't trust your math:

Mar 31, 2016
by: Tracy

My lovebird is currently on it now. My vet gave me a couple syringes full of the 0.1 up to 1.0 ml. He said to give him a drop by mouth twice a day for 14 days.
I hope this helps.

Mar 19, 2016
by: Amy

According to the vet its 0.1ml a day for 5 days...which is around 3 drops. Hope that helps!

Jan 17, 2016
Dosage Baytril 10%
by: Anonymous

4 mil 2x per day seems like a massive dose of baytril 10% for any bird.

Jan 05, 2016
by: michael

hi we have a cocketeal weight 100gms was told by vet to give him 4mil by mouth x 2 aday I will let your reads know if this work,he seem to me to find it hard to breath,thank you

Oct 31, 2014
by: john

I have just taken my budgie to the vet and was perscribed this.
Was told bird mite have respotory infection.

was told to give it 1 drop 1s a day for 1 week to ten days.

Dec 03, 2013
How long does Enrofloxacin last?
by: K. C.

I just took one of my (40) budgies to the vet. $200 and 2 hours later, poor thing died. I still have all of the Enrofloxacin.

Hate to throw it away, in case one of my other budgies might benefit from it somewhere down the line.

The bottle says it "expires in 30 days". Does it really go bad in such a short period of time...or is that just Vet CYA?

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Oct 28, 2013
by: Anonymous

My blue crown conure of 30 years was prescribed Enrofloxacin, 17mg - 14ml 2x a day for 4 weeks.
Would this be a usual course of treatment for a conure of that age?
Thank you .
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Oct 11, 2013
Old Post-
by: Kelli

I know this post is old, but I got an Email for it - I am unsure of where you all got African Grey from as my original post clearly states I was asking about an English Budgie (parakeet) not an African Grey- The 40 Gram weight should of been an indicator it was a small bird not a large bird like an African Grey

Oct 11, 2013
Veterinarian - Bird vet Melbourne
by: Dr Phil

The dose of Baytril or more correctly of the active ingredient "enrofloxacin" that we use at our Melbourne Bird vet is 10 to 15 mg/kg body mass given twice daily into the mouth.

In certain cases as with the African grey above it can be given at a double does ie : 25 mg/kg once a day.

Many older avian vets use a lower dose.

Dr Phil

Sep 07, 2012
Baytril dose
by: Lina

For African Grey should be 5% Baytril 0.25 cc given orally once a day.
This is dose what my vet gave me and I used for my sick bird.

Jun 28, 2012
too strong
by: Anonymous

Hi too strong of a dose, 2.5 strengh is what you need then 2 drops in its beak for that size of bird

Jun 16, 2011
by: Kelli

The bird came to me sick, he has yellow liquid that dries up on its nares and he breaths very hard with rapid tail bobbing,and beak clicking and open mouth breathing. he has every single sign of a Bacterial infection I do not have an Avian vet near me. that is why I said I couldn't take him to one(otherwise he would of been there already). We have a Traveling vet that comes to town twice a year but he's not scheduled for a few more months.

he weighs around 40 Grams

Baytril is sold on several websites online.All I did was a general Google search for Liquid Baytril for birds and got a few different websites that sold it.

Also when I posted my question I marked the box to have a Email sent to me when some one replied to my question - which didn't occur

Jun 15, 2011
Baytril for birds
by: The Avian Vet

You said, "I know Baytril is what is always prescribed." Not always. It depends on the cause of the infection or disease. Without medical training, you are not qualified to diagnose and treat disease. This could be a bacteria that does not respond to baytril For example, Pseudomonas is resistant to Baytril.

If your bird drinks from a water dish instead of a water bottle, then this infection could be Pseudomonas which is not going to get better with baytril and probably get worse.

I do not know the symptoms of your bird, but foreign bodies in the nares and sinuses can cause similar symptoms to respiratory infection. Even a molting budgie can have a nasal discharge without infection. In these case giving Baytril will not have him get better, and with the possibility of developing resistance in the bacteria that is there, the next time you try to use Baytril it will not kill the bacteria.

Water medications are ineffective. Not enough of the drug will be ingested. In addition, Baytril tastes horrible and he is likely not to drink the medicated water at all.

One important factor you have left out is how much your bird weighs.

Legally I am not allowed to provide this kind of information without examining your bird and diagnosing his problem. In some states it is even illegal to sell you Baytril and other prescription drugs. You should never give antibiotics indiscriminately without the direction of an avian veterinarian. I strongly discourage administering this drug to your bird.

Baytril should not be available without a prescription. Administering this drug without knowing that it will actually treat the bacteria that is present will cause development of resistant bacteria which is very bad. Baytril is the one drug that remains that is effective in avian species. Indiscriminate use can lead to resistance and then where will we be? We will have no drugs that we can use in situations that call for such powerful antibiotics. DO NOT USE THIS DRUG unless directed by a licensed veterinarian who has seen your bird, met you, and diagnosed the disease.

Many things cause respiratory problems in birds that are not treatable with Baytril. Get a diagnosis first. IF the drugs is formulated for water administration it is possible that it will not be appropriate for direct oral administration. Over dosing can have dire consequences. Improper administration can also cause serious problems and even death.

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Dr B

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