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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 is sold per tablet and requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

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
  • Sold per tablet

How does metronidazole work?

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.

Brand Name:

Flagyl (Searle)

Generic Name:

Metronidazole

What is the most important thing 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. Please follow your veterinarian's instructions. The usual dose of metronidazole in dogs is 5-20 mg/kg of your pet's body weight, by mouth, in divided doses depending on condition of the individual pet being treated. The usual dose in cats is 3-20 mg/kg of your pet's body weight, by mouth, in divided doses depending on condition of the individual pet being treated. 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 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 metronidazole 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.

What are the potential 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 happens if I miss giving a dose of metronidazole?

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 my pet on metronidazole?

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 to my pet?

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 other drugs 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.

How to Use

MetronidazoleDirections:

  • 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:
Dogs:
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Dosage
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The usual dose is 5-20 mg/kg of your pet's body weight, by mouth, in divided doses - depending on condition of the individual pet being treated - please follow your veterinarian's instructions.
Cats:
Weight
Dosage
All weights
The usual dose is 3-20 mg/kg of your pet's body weight, by mouth, in divided doses - depending on condition of the individual pet being treated - please follow your veterinarian's instructions.
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Store metronidazole at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.

Ingredients

Metronidazole Ingredients:

Metronidazole 250 mg tablets:
Ingredients
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Metronidazole
250 mg
Metronidazole 500 mg tablets:
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Amount
Metronidazole
500 mg
Customer Reviews
Metronidazole is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 49.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Professional My second time buying meds for my dogs and the service is professional. I highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good for preventing gum disease My 13+ golden retriever had to have some teeth removed a year ago. The mess have held off having to put her through another surgery.
Date published: 2016-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great for chronic colitis My 8 year old Keeshond dog suffers from chronic colitis and the Metronidazole works great to control the symptoms but of course it is not a cure. I give her 250MG twice a day for 3 days and she is back to "normal". Also, I might add that the service from 800petmeds is fantastic. I like the fact that they take care of the faxing of the prescription request and approval process.
Date published: 2016-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great I have used in this product in a smaller dosage periodically with my cat. When my puppy came down with a case of , as I refer to it as "puppy butt" it helped clear the issue until we found the root cause, which had been an allergy to a treat.
Date published: 2016-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is very effective My dog Sonny has Inflammatory Bowel Disease. He has had it for some time now....Periodically he has IBD flare-ups. When it occurs I give him Metronidazole( 500 mg tablet ). Usually I give him one tablet for 3 consecutive days and that remedies the flare-up and puts him back-on-track. This med regimen has never failed me....Sonny is a Cocker Spaniel....
Date published: 2015-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product About two years ago our vet prescribed Metronidazole for our Rottweiler to control chronic diarrhea and it worked like a charm. Our Collie has inflamed gums and we considered doing a dental procedure, but she is 13 years old. Even though she passed the blood tests to have the dental we declined to do it due to her age. We asked the Vet about Metronidazole and he thought it was a great idea. She has been taking it for about three months now and her gum inflammation has improved dramatically. While I don't think of Dakota as a hospice dog just yet, we are doing everything we can to make her final years as pleasant as possible and without putting her through any unnecessary trauma. Metronidazole is an important part of her overall program.
Date published: 2015-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Results This medication on a regular basis is critical to our dog's ability to maintain a healthy digestive system free of uncontrolled diarrhea. We have to use this medication daily for lifetime as well as Purina EN prescription dog food to fend off digestive problems. If the dog gets into something she shouldn't we just double up on the medication dosage for a couple of days to get her system back to normal. So this medication and the special dog food are together critical to sustaining her life since the condition (IBS) is chronic.
Date published: 2015-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great My dog take Atopica for skin problems and she has been on this drug for about 2 years and I finally figured out after researching that this drug can cause bowel disorders. So I give my dog (beagle) 1/2 tab morning and night and her bowels are a bit firmer.
Date published: 2014-12-01
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Q&A

How long can you keep liquid me Ron I dazzle refrigerated?

Asked by: Misty
Thanks for your question. We only sell metronidazole tablets, and not the liquid. The metronidazole liquid should be stored in the refrigerator when not being used. There should be an expiration date on the bottle. Do not use the medication past that date.
Answered by: Adriane
Date published: 2017-12-11

Do you need to gradually stop this medication Or is it ok to just stop when the prescription is done 

Asked by: Mary 0906
It is not normally necessary to taper the dose when discontinuing metronidazole. Consult your veterinarian for instructions on how to properly discontinue therapy in your pet.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2017-11-26

Do I buy by each tablet . How much in £ please 

Asked by: San of Salford
We sell metronidazole by the tablet. Consult our website for pricing.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2017-09-28

Can u take metronidazole with rimadyl

Asked by: Molly
Yes
Answered by: Lilli Pharmacist
Date published: 2017-09-13

Is there an over the counter  diarrhea medicine for dogs  and cats ... that is safe to give them for this problem ??? 

Asked by: Boombotts
Fast Balance GI Paste is an easy-to-administer digestion aid that helps your cat or dog with various gastrointestinal issues, including diarrhea, garbage gut, stress, age, or food sensitivities. It is recommended to help support proper GI tract structure and function during times of digestive upset and stress. Please see the link below to view this product. https://www.1800petmeds.com/Fast+Balance+GI+Paste-prod10905.html
Answered by: Cherley Petmeds Pro
Date published: 2017-09-01

Should it be given with food, empty stomach or doesn't it matter

Asked by: Ali mac
Metronidazole for dogs and cats is best served with food as this medication contains a strong, bitter taste.
Answered by: Cherley Petmeds Pro
Date published: 2017-09-01

 cat was prescribed metrondizal liquid flagyl, gums were bleeding,sir,dry gagging etc ,is this stuff safe for himstill looks like his belly sore,when I touch it he stops me.drcouldn't tell meissue, but I think it's from ferel kitns werescud?

Asked by: Melissa
Thank you for your question. 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. 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. Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, or seizures.
Answered by: leanniejo
Date published: 2017-08-24

My cat has feline corona disease will metronidazole help her

Asked by: Maryann
Thank you for your question. Metronidazole is an antibiotic that will act on certain bacteria. Depending on the disease, certain antibiotics will work on certain organisms. Since Metronidazole is a medication that requires a prescription from your veterinarian, please consult with them for the best antibiotic option suitable with your pet's specific needs.
Answered by: leanniejo
Date published: 2017-10-08
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