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The textbook dose of thiamine for polio is 10 mg/kg (100 lbs is about
44.5 kg, so 445 mg thiamine at 100 mg/ml is about 4.5 cc of straight
thiamine) IV to start, then repeat every 6 hours (subsequent shots can
be IM or SQ) for a day or so. The Dex at the dose you used was good (I
had used 4.5 cc per 100 lbs). I don't normally give antibiotics for
polio. Once they show marked improvement, I usually just continue the
thiamine beyond the first round of injections. Sometimes they stay
blind or partially blind for a while but still recover. If they've been
off feed for a while, the lactobaccilus/ electrolyte/ transfaunation
with rumen contents from another animal approach is also useful to speed
recovery - if not eating, they won't be making B-vitamins in the rumen
like they should and I would be tempted to give some B-vitamin shots
until they were on feed again.
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