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Hello, this is Dr. Jess. I am sorry to hear Chip isn't feeling well! I see you have a question about whether or not he is taking too much Baytril? If he weighs 10 pounds as you say, then two 22.7 mg tablets would be within the published dosage range for Chip. We usually start of at 5mg of Baytril per kg of dog once a day, but can go up to 10 or 20 mg of Baytril per kilogram of dog. If Chip is 10 lbs then he weighs 4.5 kilograms, so two 22.7 mg is within that range. Some dogs will, however get an upset stomach with the baytril. Is he taking both the pills at the same time? If so, you can try giving 1 pill in the morning and 1 in the evening instead. And give each with a small amount of food. It sounds like he is not improving despite the Baytril though. I would recommend he has an x-ray to evaluate his lungs and consider adding a second antibiotic or switching his antibiotic. Sometimes we will combine 2 antibiotics if we are worried that one isn't providing enough coverage for the different kinds of bacteria that may be present. Has he had any x-rays done?
Yes, loss of appetite can be seen with Baytril. The loss of appetite wouldn't raise is white blood cell count but an infection in his lungs that the antibiotic isn't helping might. And if it is ongoing could cause anemia(any chronic disease can cause anemia,but there are many other disease that can as well). I would talk to your vet about your concerns and see if they can switch his antibiotic. It is possible the bacteria causing his lung disease is not susceptible to the Baytril and a different medication is needed. How long ago were his x-rays done?
You may also ask your vet for anti nausea medication (available in shot or pill form) and/or an appetite stimulant. Please let me know if you have any other questions about Chip. If you do not have any other questions, please take a moment to rate our conversation so we can be sure we answered any questions to your satisfaction! Thank you so much!