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 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. 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. Do not give this medication if your pet is allergic to metronidazole, or if your pet is pregnant. If you miss 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.
Benefits and Uses:
- 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
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.
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.
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