Metronidazole for dogs
We can´t stress enough the importance of being careful when you administer drugs to your dog. In the normal case, you should ask your veterinarian before medicating your dog. Metronidazole for dogs, for instance, should be handled carefully and under vet’s supervision.
Medicine has greatly improved the life expectancy of our pets. We are able to fight infections more effectively with more potent antibiotics. Today we put Metronidazole on the table to see how effective it is for our dogs.
What is Metronidazole?
The commercial name of Metronidazole is Flagyl. Doctors prescribe this antibiotic to fight inflammation of the large intestines. It has not been FDA approved for veterinary use. However, many veterinarians prescribe Metronidazole for dogs against Giardia and bacterial infections.
Metronidazole can only be prescribed by a veterinarian. It can be taken orally or externally.
Why is it used in Pets?
Metronidazole is commonly prescribed by veterinarians to treat:
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Dental and oral infections
- Any other infections causing diarrhea or sepsis
Metronidazole for dogs works by destroying and preventing the creation of DNA that codifies for the birth of more infecting agents. In order for the medication to work, your dog must have a good circulation to ensure oxygenation to all organs.
If you miss a dose, skip it and just wait for the next one. It is important not to give two doses at once.
Metronidazole for dogs is a safe medicine. However, as any other medication, you should handle it carefully. Pregnant females or young puppies should not take it.
The medicine is also not prescribable for dogs with the following conditions:
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Seizure affections
Always ask your veterinarian before treating your dog with Metronidazole. Make sure you mention any other medication your dog is currently taking as these may have adverse effects when combined with Metronidazole.
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