A wonder-drug for aggressive respiratory infections
Over the past year or so, a certain type of medication has received some slight but much deserved publicity as an amazing tool in the fight against respiratory infections in rats. Practically all pet rats have a bacteria (Mycoplasma pulmonis) in their lungs, and this bacteria is usually responsible for the respiratory problems that are so common in pet rats because myco gradually damages the lungs – making rats more prone to secondary respiratory infections. Vibravenous (or Vibravenos) tetracycline is an injectable, slow-release form of doxycycline. Doxycycline is not a new drug for rats – it is commonly prescribed as a suspensions that rats are given orally. However, this injectable doxycycline is somewhat different. It is compounded and given either intramuscularly or subcutaneously. I have firsthand experience of how wonderful this special doxycycline is. It saved one of my rats who was very ill in May 2002. After reading about Vibravenous on the ratlist a while back, I was under the impression that it could only be obtained from one vet in the Netherlands. However, after my own experience and doing some research I believe that some vets in Canada, the US, Europe and Australia have access to this drug.
Vibravenous is usually given intramuscularly which means a shot in the hind leg(s). The hind legs are very sore for about 24 hours afterwards. Injections can stressful for animals. The severity of the infection should be taken into account before using Vibravenous. A vet will probably recommend that a rat showing mild symptoms begin with an oral dose of medication. Vibravenous is probably best kept in mind as an option for rats which do not respond to oral medication, or for rats that are so ill that they will not eat or drink.
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