Amber’s Story – Death from Baytril

In Honor of Beloved Best Friend


12/23/2006- 8/22/2019

I am writing this to help others to be aware of the names of two dangerous, destructive synthetic poisons that an ‘emergency Veterinarian” used on my dog that caused rapid and irreversible damage to all of her systems right down to the mitochondrial DNA and resulted in destroying her health and ability to walk or even sit up in a very short time.

It has taken me a while to write this since she passed away from all of their damaging, painful devastating effects on 8/22/2019.  It wasn’t until I stayed with her in her final days and hours and took care of her, that it clicked to go online and check on their side effects, that I knew what had caused this horrific disabling pain and her death.  They are both dangerous fluoroquinolones with extensive black box warnings.  Their names, in our case were: 1. Baytril ( Endofloxin) and 2. Clindamycin.

Additionally, these were given in combination with two steroids which multiply the bad side effects of both drugs ( Dexamethasone- administered during surgery), and Prednisone, after surgery. I don’t know about you, but I never thought I should need to question a Veterinarian prior to surgery to ask every drug they intend to administer during surgery but in this case it would have done no good.  I now know that she has been using this lethal and permanently disabling and destructive combo ‘routinely’ on all surgery patients and others outpatient as well for over 20 years.

Sadly and ironically, I thought I had been aware of these dangerous synthetic poisons being promoted on humans under different names: Cipro ( Ciprofloxin), Levaquan and Avalox ( and more) and had fiercely protected her from being dispensed Cipro by two prior Veterinarians ( I refused them).   I had even discussed this with the Vet – so she knew I said “ No Fluoroquinolones” but she was deceitful and averted her shifty eyes from mine and used both anyways.

You can look up all the side effects yourself but to name a few- she had them all- including death, they were:  permanent and extensive nervous system damage, peripheral neuropathy, paralysis, limp rear legs, unable to walk up any incline, rapid deterioration of also her front legs, inability to lie down on her own and inability to eat.  In the end, I realized they- Clindamycin, especially caused her “ C. Difficile”- horrible, incurable, slimy diarrhea which is painful and like sludge only oozes and drips out forever ( she never had an unformed or inperfect poop every day of her whole, almost 13 years of life).

Also in the end, she had painful intracranial seizures as she neared her final breaths and succumbed to death in such horrific, painful fashion.  The seizures, I think were listed under Baytril side effects as well as inability to walk up any incline.  It was too late for me to save her, so I planned to write here to alert and hopefully save other pets.

Meanwhile, my other remaining dog had an emergency need for surgery and I took her to my trusted Veterinarian.  As he did the presurgery estimate and bloodwork, I happened to ask him what antibiotic he planned to use ( he only wrote ‘antibiotics’ on the estimate).  I was in shock when he answered “ Baytril ( Endofloxin)”.  I shook my head vehemently “ NO” and he, being reputable and honest and honoring the owner’s feelings, looked me in the eye and said “ No problem, we have other choices to use: Clavamox ( Amoxi based) or Keflex ( cephalexin).

I ok’d these and ended up bringing in left over Clavamox from my now deceased dog, so that was what was used.

From this, I realized how there was a reason to everything since if I had not witnessed all the devastation they caused, I wouldn’t have realized what they were and googled their side effects.

Also, if not for my first girl’s sacrifice ( Amber), I might have still not asked about antibiotic choice or even recognized what Baytril was!   I could have killed, lost or maimed my remaining dog.

So Amber saved my other dog,( her sister) from her fate. God Bless Her and hug her, R.I.P sweetheart.

Now that that surgery went well and she will make it to her suture removal appt this Monday, unlike Amber who passed away before hers, I feel finally able to write this to warn and hopefully save others.

The pharmaceutical companies are marketing these heavily and we need to protect ourselves and our beloved pets from their devastation and rapid destruction on every level.  I even read they now are pushing eardrops for children under age 4, called “ Ciprodex drops” and David Perlmutter, MD ( The Empowering Neurologist) further educates us as these are extremely neurotoxic, lethal drugs which do great neurological harm with each use.

I am in shock as to how many people ( and most Veterinarians as well as MDs) avidly defend their use, all the while minimizing or denying that they have damaging effects.  I hope and pray that our story can help others avoid these very destructive and permanently disabling drugs from hurting their beloved pets or themselves.  God Bless you all and please give your pets an extra hug for Amber tonight..   She is dearly missed, but finally out of pain, I know and trust.

** The story above is truthful, accurate and told to the best of the ability of the writer. It is not intended as medical advice. No person who submits his or her story, nor the people associated with, diagnoses or treats any illness. The story above should not be substituted for professionally provided medical advice. Please consult your doctor before trying anything that has been mentioned in this story, or in any other story on this site. Please also note that people have varying responses to the treatments mentioned in each story. What helps one person may not help, and may even hurt, another person. It is important that you understand that supplements, IVs, essential oils, and all other treatments, effect people differently depending on the millions of variables that make each of us unique. Please use appropriate caution and prudence, and get professional medical advice.

3 thoughts on “Amber’s Story – Death from Baytril

  1. What a terrible, tragic story. I am so sorry for your loss. I have shared this on my FB page Veterinary Abuse Network to help inform other pet owners and guardians. I know you have saved lives with Amber’s Story, thank you for telling it although I know how painful it is. Again, my deepest condolences. — Julie

    • Thank you for your story it may have very well shared some light on my story as I lost my Kong June 29 2020 he went to the vet and i was not allowed in due to CoVid which broke mine and his heart and would be the last time i kissed him and told him mommy loves him …my best friend died at the vets that day and with no explanation of what happened or the results to this day of his ultrasound .Today I recieved a bill for said ultrasound and 2 injections one being Enrofloxacin injection and Penicillin in which I just googled and found your sad story and breaks my heart for you to . I had refused to pay the vet when they called me 2 months later after his loss asking for payment when I never received a return call from vet as to what happen to my boy and now I see they gave him 2 injections from the bill I received today when in fact the day i dropped him off i signed a paper that i give no permission to do any treatment with out my knowledge first , not only did they violate my request the vet never returned my calls and refused to let my husband come see him for me so I truly knew he was gone , we ended up calling a funeral home to go pick him up and to have him cremated and they called my husband to come see him before hand .To this day I dont know if my best friend suffered or was neglected of he played in a crate and died or what happened to him but I do know that my boy was looking for me til the very end and I wasnt there for him as I told him i always would be and I have cried as I am now writing this with a broken heart …my Kong would’ve been 10 years old this month 11/16/20 and I will celebrate his birthday with out him but now with more knowledge I will look further in to this and his death will no go un noticed …Thank you so much Sheryl Perkins 11/14/2020

  2. Im so sorry for your lost. My dog was also prescribed baytril and right away i noticed the symptoms you listed a day after i gave her the pill. She had a seizure the day after the 4th and what will be the final day the pill was given. I just wanted to know because i stopped it early will she be okay, like will the side affects go away?

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