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what is the dose of metronidazole for a 10lb dog please ?

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what is the dose of metronidazole for a 10lb dog please ?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Laura Devlin, DVM, DABVP replied 6 years ago.
I am Dr. Devlin and I am happy to assist with your question.

As always, I would discuss this medication, dosing, and side effects with your veterinarian. I cannot recommend or prescibe a dose for your pet.

However, I can answer your question about the general recommended dosing of metronidazole that can be found in veterinary formularies.

The dose of metronidazole will depend on the condition being treated and whether or not there is sensitivity to the drug or existing liver disease.

Lower doses of metronidazole are given for pets with liver conditions or pets who are sensitive to the medication. A typical low dose would be 7.5 mg per kg of body weight every 12 hours.

An average dose for an otherwise healthy pet with gastrointestinal disorders is 15-18 mg per kg of body weight every 12 hours.

So, the dose could vary for a 10 lb dog anywhere from 34 mg every 12 hours to 62.5 mg every 12 hours.

Again, legally I cannot prescribe or recommend dosing for this medication without examining your pet. I can only tell you what drug formularies list.

Hope this helps!
Dr. Devlin



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Expert:  Dr. Laura Devlin, DVM, DABVP replied 6 years ago.
This information should also be very helpful!

formulary
http://www.vetinfo.com/subscriber/dogoralformulary.html
metronidazole
http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=532

Laura Devlin
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

please help My border terrier has been on 200 mg twice a day I think this is too high

please help

Expert:  Dr. Laura Devlin, DVM, DABVP replied 6 years ago.
How long has she been on that dose?

The tablets come in 50, 250, and 500 mg strength.

Is she showing any side effects - trembling, tremors, excess salivation, difficulty walking, or seizures?

I'll be standing by to help.
Dr. Devlin