Bats (British Microchiroptera species)

Table of doses for bats

Drug Dose Comments
  • 0.1 mg/kg s.c., p.o. q6-12h
  • For treatment of moderate pain
Meloxicam (cats)
  • 0.2 mg/kg p.o. q24h
  • NSAID for mild/moderate pain and inflammation
  • If diluted for use, make up a fresh dilution daily
  • The usual considerations for the careful use of NSAIDs in dehydrated, hypovolaemic or hypertensive animals, as well as those with underlying gastrointestinal disease, should be observed
  • Avoid use in pregnant animals

Antibiotic use (both appropriate and inappropriate) imposes a powerful selection pressure on bacteria and is the primary driver of antibiotic resistance. Eliminating unnecessary use in people and animals is, therefore, essential to safeguard this invaluable resource. The reader is referred to the Guidelines for responsible antibiotic use for further information
Amoxicillin/clavulanate (co-amoxiclav)
  • 30 mg/kg p.o. q12h
  • Broad-spectrum
  • Duration of treatment according to response (minimum 5-7 days)
  • 10 mg/kg p.o. q12h
  • Broad-spectrum
  • Fluroquinolones should ideally be reserved for infections where culture and sensitivity testing predict a clinical response and use of first- and second- line antimicrobials would not be considered effective
  • Duration of treatment according to response (minimum 5-7 days)
  • Not to be used in growing animals
  • If diluted for use, make up a fresh dilution daily
Kaolin suspension
  • 1 ml/kg as total daily dose (given as a divided dose p.o. q6h)
  • For use in animals with non-specific diarrhoea
  • 400 mg/kg p.o. q6h
  • For use in animals with bloat

NSAID(s) = non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug(s)

Lollar A (2018) The rehabilitation and captive care of insectivorous bats. Bat World Sanctuary, Texas.

Bexton S and Couper D (2010) Handling and veterinary care of British bats. In Practice , 254-262

Couper D (2016) Bats. BSAVA Manual of Wildlife Casualties, 2nd edition, ed. E Mullineaux and E Keeble, pp. 175-192. BSAVA Publications, Gloucester





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