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What is Metronidazole?

Metronidazole is an antibiotic and antiprotozoal medication used to treat various conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, nonspecific diarrheal disorders, infections caused by Giardia (a cause of diarrhea), and periodontal disease. Metronidazole requires a prescription from your veterinarian, and is sold by the tablet.
Metronidazole for Dogs and Cats
For: Cats and Dogs
 
Benefits:
Treats a wide array of ailments
An antibiotic that effectively treats inflammatory bowel disease
Remedies certain diarrheal disorders
Treats infections caused by Giardia (intestinal parasite)
Also treats periodontal disease

How it works:
Metronidazole is especially effective against anaerobic infections - bacteria that can live without oxygen. It's able to penetrate bone, making it especially useful in oral/dental infections. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory properties in the large intestine and is an effective anti-diarrhea medication for certain diseases.

Cautions:
Antibiotic medications can cause diarrhea, which may be the sign of a new infection. If your pet has diarrhea that is watery or has blood in it, contact your veterinarian. Do not use any medication to stop the diarrhea unless instructed by your veterinarian.


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Brand Name
Flagyl (Searle)
Generic Name
Metronidazole

What is the most important information I should know about Metronidazole: Metronidazole is not FDA-approved for use in veterinary medicine; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use this medication in dogs and cats. The usual dose of metronidazole in dogs is 3mg to 23mg per pound one to four times a day. The usual dose in cats is 5mg to 23mg per pound one or two times a day. The actual dose and duration of treatment depends on the specific condition being treated. Metronidazole should be given to your pet for the entire length of time prescribed by your veterinarian.

What is Metronidazole: Metronidazole is an antibiotic used to treat numerous ailments, including Giardia infections, inflammatory bowel disease, and infections in the mouth. Metronidazole may be used for other purposes than those listed in this guide.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Metronidazole to my pet: Do not give this medication if your pet is allergic to metronidazole, or if your pet is pregnant. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is allergic to any medications, or if your pet has any of the following: liver disease; anemia; epilepsy; or nerve disorders. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating, or if you plan to breed your pet.

How should this medication be given: Give metronidazole exactly as it is prescribed by your veterinarian. Do not give in larger amounts or use it for longer than recommended by your veterinarian. Follow the instructions on the prescription label. If you do not understand these directions speak to your pharmacist or veterinarian. Your veterinarian may want to perform blood tests on a regular basis to make sure the medication is not causing harmful effects. Store metronidazole at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss giving a dose: Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and give the next one as directed. Do not give a double dose of the medication.

What happens if I overdose the pet: Seek emergency veterinary medical attention if you think you have given your pet too much of this medication. Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, or seizures.

What should I avoid while giving Metronidazole: Antibiotic medications can cause diarrhea, which may be the sign of a new infection. If your pet has diarrhea that is watery or has blood in it, call your veterinarian. Do not use any medication to stop the diarrhea unless your veterinarian tells you to do so.

What are the possible side effects of Metronidazole: Seek emergency veterinary medical attention if your pet experiences any signs of an allergic reaction (hives; difficulty breathing; or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat). Call your veterinarian at once if any of the following serious side effects occur: seizures; fever; chills; sores inside the mouth or on the lips; or watery or bloody diarrhea. Keep giving metronidazole and talk to your veterinarian if your pet develops any of these less serious side effects: nausea; diarrhea; dizziness; loss of balance; dry mouth; cough; sneezing; runny nose; or swollen tongue. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome to your pet.

What other medications will affect Metronidazole: Tell your veterinarian if your pet is using any of the following medications: cimetidine (Tagamet), phenytoin (Dilantin), Phenobarbital, or warfarin (Coumadin). There may be other drugs not listed that can affect metronidazole. Tell your veterinarian about all prescription and non-prescription (OTC) medications, including vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other veterinarians. Do not start using a new medication without telling your veterinarian.

Where can I get more information: Your pharmacist has information about metronidazole written for health professionals that you may read.

 

Call your veterinarian for medical advice about any side effects to your pet. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Directions:
Metronidazole is a prescription antibiotic used in dogs and cats to treat various conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, nonspecific diarrhea disorders, infections caused by Giardia, and periodontal disease.
Metronidazole is not FDA-approved for use in veterinary medicine; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to prescribe this medication for dogs and cats.
The actual dose and duration of treatment with metronidazole depends on the specific condition being treated.
Tip: Metronidazole should be given to your pet for the entire length of time prescribed by your veterinarian. Do not give in larger amounts or use it for longer than recommended by your veterinarian.
Dosage:
Pet Weight Dosage
Dogs: All weights The usual dose is 3mg-23mg/pound of your pet’s body weight, by mouth, 1 to 4 times a day
Cats: All weights The usual dose 5mg-23mg/pound of your pet’s body weight, by mouth, 1 to 2 times a day
Horses:
Storage: Store metronidazole at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
Metronidazole 250mg:
Ingredients Strength
Metronidazole 250 mg

Metronidazole 500mg:
Ingredients Strength
Metronidazole 500 mg

Metronidazole 4.6 5 38 38
order I do everything possible to take care of my baby. He has a very weak stomach so these pills help so he doesn't get dehydrated. Thank you! 05/30/2014
Loki was adopted when she was 5 years old. Her bowel issues were what I thought was normal for her. Two months ago I was at a point where I considered putting her down because of control problems. My vet recommended this medication and she is on a maintenance dose that has made an incredible difference! Will I continue with Metronidazole for her? Absolutely!!!! 02/21/2014
Works Well! I have given this product to my 1/2 Jack Russell Terrier 1/2 Fox Terrier dog Fred for 7 years now, and he does well on it. He also does well on the Stella's Raw diet using chicken -- since we've been feeding him that he has no tummy problems since. 04/08/2013
the medication very helpfull my mei mei she take metronidazode 250 mg she is very happy. had that madication we want to thx to all u guy ,have A happy new year 2013 take care 12/30/2012
Precious The 3lb Yorkie is better! My little Precious was very sick with vomiting blood and diareah with blood in it for about a week and I was at home with a broken arm and could not work, so I could not afford to take her to the vet. Then I realized I can get the medicine from 1-800-PeMeds without having to go to the vet since she had the same thing back awhile, so I was able to get this medicine called Metronidazole and she is much better now thanks to 1800PetMeds they saved her life! 11/01/2012
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My cat is 16 yrs. old, has had diarrhea for over six weeks, the vet first prescribed prednisone, diarrhea got worst.
Has now prescribed Metronidazole, 250 mg cut into 4 pieces, 1 piece per day. May cat weighs 6 pounds. I worry that the dose is to strong. What is the dose per weight? Warning states not to give to debliated animal.
Fecal direct smear-no parasites seen.

Vet also wrote script for Fortiflora give once a day.
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I have not heard of this happening in pets, but consult with your veterinarian who has first hand
knowledge of rare side effects
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Your veterinarian will have to determine if it can be used for your particular pet based on
severity of the liver disease, and how long it will be used for.
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The choice of antibiotic depends on what bacteria are being treated. Your veterinarian will prescribe
either an ear drop and / or an oral anti-biotic based on what they suspect is causing the infection.
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I've received metronidizole from my vet before, and my cats have literally foamed at the mouth because the taste is so awful.
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we carry a compounded version of metronidazole in a liquid form. You can choose a flavor for it.
Some flavors offered are beef, chicken, salmon and tuna.
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This information sheet is for educational purposes only and is intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise and professional judgment of your veterinarian. The information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. You should always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, allergic reactions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for your pet. It is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, and it does not replace the need for services provided by your veterinarian.
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