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Dr Scott Nimmo, Small Animal Veterinarian.
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Experience:  BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }
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how many mg of Metronidazole should i give my dog

Customer Question

how many mg of Metronidazole should i give my dog?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 7 years ago.
Thanks for the questionCustomerbr />
In direct answer to your question : A typical dose for metronidazole in the dog would be in the region of 15 mg per pound of your dog's bodyweight twice a day orally for a five to seven day period. However dose rates and the length of treatment can vary according to which disease is being treated.

Where I provide clients with information about drugs or dose rates I always supply a link so that they can verify what I have told them. LINK

If I have not covered your question fully enough or you would like to ask more I will be online for the next hour or so and I will be at your disposal.

Scott Nimmo BVMS MRCVS
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
what else do you need to know to be ablel to answer the question?
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 7 years ago.
Hello again,

A reasonable amount to give a 22 pound dog would be 330 mg twice a day for five days. { 22 x 15 }

What medical condition does your dog have?

Scott
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
ok does it matter with her age? because she is 6months old
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
and she has parvo
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 7 years ago.
Hello again,

1. Metronidazole should not be given to very young puppies but at six months of age your dog should be fine. Here is a link with more information LINK

2. While metronidazole could be given as part of an overall treatment regime to a dog with parvo it will not attack the virus directly. Antibiotics will only kill bacteria, but it is still logical to give them to dogs with viral infections as it will stop them getting sicker from secondary bacterial infections. Normally dogs with parvo should be on IV fluids plus a range of other drugs as well as antibiotics. The key to treating this disease is combating dehydration.

Regards,

Scott
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
ok so the best thing to do is take her to a vet so they can put her on a IV?
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 7 years ago.
Hello again,

If your dog has parvo its best chance of survival would be get it seen by a vet as soon as you possibly can, thats for sure ...

Good luck,

Scott
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
what kind of antibiotics will my dog need to be on?
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 7 years ago.
Hello again,

With parvo the choice of antibiotic would not be critical as it is not attacking the virus directly just providing cover against secondary bacterial infections. There would be many broad acting antibiotics which would be suitable.

Regards,

Scott
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
can you give me the names of the antibiotics she will need for parvo
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 7 years ago.
Hello again,

It is a matter of personal preference on the vets part but I would choose something like amoxicillin or perhaps clavamox.

I have set up links for you for more information such as dose rates etc.

Regards,

Scott
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
what can i give her for a fever?
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 7 years ago.
Hello again,

The answer to that is antibiotics. Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin etc. should not be used in this situation.

Regards,

Scott
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
ok thanks for your help
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 7 years ago.
No problem,

Pleased to advise you.

I hope it works out with your dog ...

Regards,

Scott