Hi, I'm wondering if people have had experience giving this antibiotic to their dogs, and if so, what are the side effects they've experienced? My vet put my 11mo old pug/beagle mix on Metronidazole and a diet of chicken and rice to soothe her stomach after she was having diarrhea. She seems to be constipated now after giving her 3 doses and the chkn/rice mixture, but am not sure if its from the meds or the food. Thanks for any advice!
I've been through this several times. It is most likley the rice and chicken slowing things up. It always takes my dogs almost a day to poop again after starting the regiment :) Just watch her and see if she is trying to poop. If she is attempting but no results then she is constipated if she is not even trying don't worry for now wait a day ;)
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Metro is not only safe for your dog, it's actually the old "Flagyl" under a new name. It's also safe for very young pups when needed at a low dose. Ive used it for years on pups even 4 weeks never a problem, liquid form in beef flavor.
can you specifically tell me how much your dog weighs, what the dosage is you are giving, is it pill or liquid form. Probably pill for you but let me know. if you say you have given her 3 doses, is that in one day, 2 days? am/pm??? just need more specific info and I can help you more
IF you are giving her pill form, how are you giving it to her?
the combo of chicken/rice with the Metro is standard. How much are you feeding her total and how many times a day?
Thanks Savannah. My dog weighs about 20 pounds, I feed her twice a day, and give her a 250 mg pill twice a day, once in the am and once in the pm. She's been on this regimen since Monday night. The chicken and rice combo that I've been giving her has probably totalled about 1/2 - 3/4 cup at a time (I eyeball it).
with some dogs metronidazole can have toxic side effects which present themselves as neurological problems. the side effects are rare but they can happen.
anytime i have used it on one of my dogs constipation was always a concern. the drug works really well and really fast and is always my first choice. most times i will use the metronidazole and skip the bland diet and just feed them their regular food so they dont get binded up as much.
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Well today is Thursday and she's been on the medication/rice&chkn combo since Monday night, and has only gone to the bathroom a little bit, way less than she usually does. It seems like she is binded up, is it normal to take this many days of barely going in order for her system to even itself out?
Really, I would wait it out a bit longer before going the laxative route. You are trying to stop the runs not get them going again. What you are feeding her (rice and chicken) has a LOT LESS bulk than her normal food and in addition you are feeding less amount than normal food. As long as she is not straining and seeming to have dificulty with bowle movements do not worry. Slowing down and smaller poops is all part of the process :)
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My vet just gave me this medicine for my 12week old puppy she has had the runs really bad,,when we got her she had roundworms so my vet gave her the meds for that...i called them up and told him she was still having the runs is there andything that will help her so they gave me the Metronidazole I really hope this helps her..I think it makes it alot harder to train her if she feels the need to go all the time the vet did tell me to feed her the dog food still not to change anything...So i am hopping this works so the house training gets easier..Maybe i can get some sleep at night because im always letting her out...Can anyone help me out on this do you think this will help her & me get sleep..lol..
It will help depending on the reason for the diarrhea. Did the vet take a stool sample and look at it under the microscope? I am guessing he did in order to have prescribed this specific med. Hopefully in a couple days you will see a improvement.
I have a dog that was given Metronidazole for severe diarrhea at the emergency vet. We were also told to feed him chicken & rice, which we've done. The last time he went to the bathroom and had a BM was on Sun. p.m., shortly before we started the prescription. I've also given him 96% lean ground beef & rice because he doesn't always eat chicken. (Our regular vet said this was ok before we went to the emergency vet).
Now, he's got a very sore, pink butt and he keeps licking at it. He hasn't made any efforts to go to the bathroom at all. Sometimes he looks like he's thinking about it, but makes no motions to do so. He's a 45LB basset/golden mix. His personality, appetite, and drinking seem to be fairly normal. He seems a bit more tired and a bit more reserved tonight, though.
I called the emergency vet again tonight and was told by a vet tech that Metronidazole does not cause constipation. My husband asked the vet before we left the clinic on Sun., if it would, and the vet indicated it might.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Is he close to going and this is just part of the process? Or is there something far more serious that's wrong? They attributed his initial bout of diarrhea to be a virus and/or something he ate. They didn't do any serious tests because he wasn't dehydrated and hadn't had any signs of vomiting.
Thanks for any assistance, and for reading this post. Have a nice day!
I would recommend to the first poster, chuchay, that you take your puppy to the vet first before just medicating him. There are a number of things that can cause soft stools and you want to make sure you treat him properly.
Princesshedgerow, I would stop the medication and start putting him back on his normal food. Give it 24 hrs and see if he has a BM. If he does not, have him checked again to make sure he is not constipated. In my experience with the drug, it can cause constipation. That is why I never give any of the binding diets, like chicken and rice, when I am giving this medicine. He may be licking at his rear because his anal glands may be full if he has not had a BM in a week. anal glands are 2 glands located on either side of the rectal opening that, when a dog has a normal BM, are expressed as he goes. If he is not having any BM's, then it is likely that the glands are not emptying and when they become full, dogs will generally lick back there or scoot their butts across the floor in order to express them that way. In severe cases of them not emptying, or the glands becoming blocked, they can become infected and cause an abscess, which will eventually rupture on its own. You don't want it to progress to that point.
This is going to sound strange (and maybe a little TMI) but I have a "bacterial overgrowth" due to my pregnancy and my OB just put me on Metro (and yes, it's still called Flagyl but metro is the pharmaceutical name). Apparently the vet is using it to get rid of bad bacteria in the dogs systems. Anyway, I was scared to take it once I read the side affects on the package and the pharmacist was so insistant about how it would give me a nasty metal taste in my mouth and probably make me nauseous because of it and in addition not to have even ONE DROP of alcohol including cough syrup or mouthwash because it could make me VIOLENTLY ILL (those were her words)... it just seemed dangerous to take! I decided to skip it and just took lots of plain yogurt with acidophilus (has to say it somewhere on the package - organic is best) and my infection is gone. Sometimes natural is the better way to go especially when the potential side affects seem scary...
thanks for all the info in the posts. my pup was put on metro (125mg 2x daily) because of Isospora. the 1st 48 hours changed his stool from water to almost normal and he had been eating like crazy. Now his stool is back to a little bit thicker than water and he his turning his nose up at boiled hamburger and rice. He ate the small bit of Eukanuba I gave him, hoping the beet pulp helps. Tomorrow i will try boiled chicken and rice.
Any other thoughts and suggestions would be helpful. thanks