- Affected puppies and kittens can be very difficult to treat. Often, puppies and kittens will not suckle, and rapidly become weak and dehydrated.
- Good nursing and rehydration with subcutaneous or intraperitoneal fluids is important, together with an injection of long-acting penicillins.
- In colonies with a history of neonatal disease, topical antiseptics on the navel and treatment at birth with long-acting penicillin or a penicillin derivative may help prevent further disease.
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