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Dosage of Zithromax not Given for Kitten... Please help!

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Hello, 

I have a 10 week old kitten that has been prescribed Zithromax. My problem is that there were no directions written on the bottle and my vet is gone for the next week. It's the one you reconstitute with water and give with a syringe. He weighs about 1.2kg and the only thing I can find is 15mg/kg but I do not know what this would mean in ml. Can you help? 


 Thanks!
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

In order to confirm your dose, we need the concentration - once mixed with water, how many mg/ml (milligrams per milliliter)

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thanks for your help!

It is Sandoz Azithromycin 300mg, and reads 100mg/5ml on the box. Does this help?
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Yes -

At 100mg/5ml, otherwise 20mg/1ml - at your kittens weight of 1.2kg, the correct dose should then have been 0.6ml once per day.

I hope this information is helpful.
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I'm hoping you could answer one more question for me...

The kitten is with his 2 brothers and 2 sisters, only one other of which I heard sneeze a couple of times. My vet gave me some extra just in case (since he will be away) but I forgot to ask if I should treat them all since I cannot separate them at the moment. Would you recommend I just treat the obvious sick one? Or should I treat them all since I heard one other seeming like she's in early stages? I don't want to end up with 5 sick kittens. I am currently fostering other litters (crazy time of year) so I have no space to put him somewhere else until another foster home opens up.

Thanks so much!
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Since this is most likely viral, not bacterial - I would not treat them all unless needed as we dont want to cause stomach upset or other illness treating if we do not have to.

I hope this information is helpful.
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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thanks!

This started with sneezing and the clear eye/nose fluids didn't start until day 3, so should I listen for lots of sneezing and then start if need be? I'm getting paranoid every time I hear someone sneeze now!

By the way, he was treated for 5 days with Clavaseptin which didn't do anything for him.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Yes - this is likely viral URI.

Good luck.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thanks!