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After 5 days of administering the medication ronidazole cats

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After 5 days of administering the medication ronidazole for my cats for tritrichomonas for our cats my husband wants to wait 36 hours between a dose before resuming every 24 hours thinking this will help the cats eliminate future problematic side effects
we were warned about. Do you think this is reasonable or bad idea?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gene replied 1 year ago.

Hi there!

Has your kitty had any adverse effects since starting the medication?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no not yet but I am psyched that any day can happen
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i want to prevent. i don't want to see that!
Expert:  Dr. Gene replied 1 year ago.

Got it, thanks!

Possible adverse effects of ronidazole in cats are neurologic system related, such as tremors, lethargy, incoordination, nystagmus, seizures or behavior changes (agitation). These are quite unlikely though.
I don't think stopping for 36hrs will help prevent side effects; it probably won't hurt either, but the delay in the next dose may make the medication a bit less effective. There is no evidence that skipping or delaying a dose helps prevent problems, so I would continue as prescribed.

Hope this helps!

Expert:  Dr. Gene replied 1 year ago.

Hi again, just checking in to see how things are going! Please be sure to rate my answer if you've found it helpful and let me know if any other questions came up.