Treating Bacterial Infections With Metronidazole For Dogs

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Please read all information on this page carefully. This article contains information about metronidazole for dogs (also known under brand name “Flagyl”), including the dosage, side effects and safety guidelines for its use in the treatment of dogs.

Metronidazole is one of many different antibiotics available on the market. An antibiotic is basically a drug which fights and kills bacterial infections, or on the same note may be used as a preventative measure against possible infections after being wounded. Whilst antibiotics work brilliantly on bacteria, they won’t do anything for viruses. There is also a use for this drug in the treatment of parasites such as Giardia, as metronidazole is able to stop them from reproducing.

Metronidazole dosage for dogs

The typical recommended dosage of metronidazole for dogs is 3 to 23 mg for each pound your pet weighs, to be administered one to four times daily. The most typical dosage prescribed is 6 mg/lb body weight, meaning a 30 lb dog would usually need 180 mg of the drug per dose. You should visit your vet due to the wide dosage range of this medicine, which varies greatly depending on the size of your dog, the type of infection he or she is suffering with and several other factors. Because of the odd metallic taste, your dog may drool, gag and vomit. For this reason, it’s usually recommended that you mask the drug by placing it into foods such as peanut butter.

Is metronidazole safe for dogs?

Metronidazole has not yet been FDA approved for use in dogs, however, it is still a commonly accepted practice for vets to use the drug for the treatment of many household pets. As mentioned above, the dosage varies greatly depending on your dog’s size and illness so a veterinary check up is required before use.

Safety precautions

  • Get veterinary approval before using this drug
  • Notify your vet of any other medications your dog is taking and to ensure there are no interactions
  • Notify your vet if your dog suffers with a liver or kidney disease
  • Avoid use in puppies
  • Avoid use in pregnant dogs

You should take care when administering metronidazole to your dog. On the lower end of the dosage scale, serious side effects are uncommon, but on higher dosages, you may notice several adverse reactions such as staggering, miscoordination, muscle tremors and seizures. If serious side effects like these present themselves seek veterinary help immediately. Some of the substances which may interact with Flagyl include anticoagulants and anti-seizure medications. Be aware that metronidazole has been shown to cause birth defects in pregnant animals.

Uses of metronidazole for dogs

There are various uses for the drug metronidazole (Flagyl), most notably for the treatment of:

  • Bacterial infections
  • Parasitic infections
  • Intestinal inflammation

Side effects of using giving metronidazole to your dog

Typically, you may notice side effects in your dog such as diarrhea, loss of appetite, lethargy and discolored urine (or possibly traces of blood in urine). In serious cases, miscoordination, muscle stiffness and/or tremors, wild eye movement and seizures. This typically signals an overdose, and you should seek immediate veterinary care.

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