Compounded Metronidazole (Flagyl) For Dogs, Cats, and Horses
Metronidazole is an antibiotic used to treat or prevent some bacterial and protozoal infections in both humans and animals. The medication should start to take effect within 1 to 2 hours. However, you may not see the outward effects immediately. The patient should start to feel better within 24 to 48 hours of receiving constant dosing of metronidazole. Metronidazole does require a prescription from your veterinarian or physician in order to be dispensed. You and your doctor should discuss if this is the best option for your treatment plan.
Metronidazole is given orally or in the inner flap and can be compounded into the desired strength and flavor that best suits the patient, both human and animal alike. We compound this medication into suspensions, capsules, dissolvable tablets (tiny tabs), and transdermal creams. This medication should be given with food to help avoid GI upset. If you miss a dose do not double up on the medication. This medication should not be given to any patient that is pregnant or nursing. This medication must also not be given to any food producing animals. This includes any animals that are used for food consumption in any manor including egg laying and dairy animals.
Common side effects of metronidazole include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and drooling. If you or your animal experiences loss of coordination, head tilt, eye twitching, loss of appetite or yellowing of the eyes or gums call your veterinarian or doctor immediately as these symptoms may indicate a serious reaction. Overdoses of this medication can be serious. If you suspect an overdose, contact your veterinarian, doctor, or poison control.