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    Exclamation Antibiotics to treat possible aspiration pneumonia

    I have Uniprim powder on hand (for my horse). Just need to know if I could use it in a pinch for an 8 week old squirrel with possible aspiration pneumonia. Each gram of Uniprim Powder contains 67 mg trimethoprim and 333 mg sulfadiazine.

    Working on getting Baytril but I don't want to wait too long to get antibiotics on board. If Uniprim would work, anyone know what the dosage per gram would be for a squirrel? Thanks in advance!!

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    Default Re: Antibiotics to treat possible aspiration pneumonia

    Yes, it will work. It’s SMZ-TMP. Give me a minute to figure out the dosing. How much does the squirrel weigh? I think it takes longer to work which is why it’s not ideal.

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    Default Re: Antibiotics to treat possible aspiration pneumonia

    You will need a gram scale to get the squirrels weight. Does your powder tell you the measurement for 1 gram of powder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1959 View Post
    You will need a gram scale to get the squirrels weight. Does your powder tell you the measurement for 1 gram of powder?
    I'll look at the container when I get to the barn but I just googled it and it says this: Powder is 3.75 grams per 110 lbs.

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    Default Re: Antibiotics to treat possible aspiration pneumonia

    We need to break the medicine down to the recommended strength which is 50mg/ml. So about 1/8 of a gram measurement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1959 View Post
    We need to break the medicine down to the recommended strength which is 50mg/ml. So about 1/8 of a gram measurement.
    Ok so it says the dose is 3.75g per 50kg. So if I am doing the math correctly, the dose is .075g per kg...so .00075 per g? So if she weighs 228g, the dose to give her would be .0171g? That seems like an extremely small amount. Did I do the math correctly?

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    Default Re: Antibiotics to treat possible aspiration pneumonia

    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1959 View Post
    Yes, it will work. Itís SMZ-TMP. Give me a minute to figure out the dosing. How much does the squirrel weigh? I think it takes longer to work which is why itís not ideal.
    Thanks so much! She weighs 228g.

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