Metronidazole for cats is an antibiotic and anti-protozoal drug which must be administered only by veterinarian in proper dosages and at proper intervals of time. Pet doctor advice is the must due to the next top three factors:
- low weight of a pet – the lower the weight of an animal the harder it is to measure a proper effective dosage
- difficulty with putting the drug into the mouth of a pet – cats are vary naughty pets doing only what they want
- potentially high risk of side effects.
From this review you will find out how to give cats Metronidazole, what changes in behaviour you can expect, what of these changes you can consider a norm and which of them require immediate medical help. We also will give you top reviews of the drug provided by the owners of pets getting the treatment.
What Metronidazole for cats treats?
Metronidazole belongs to a class of antibiotics which effectively treat a wide range of bacterial and protozoal infections. Pets commonly get the drug prescribed for treating of intestinal inflammations.
The drug effectively corrects various bacterial and specific parasitic invasions and is commonly combined with other antibiotics to achieve maximum effect. The medicine is developed for humans only, but veterinary uses it to ensure fast relief and potent effect on anaerobic bacteria which are the hardest to treat.
Moreover Metronidazole is one of the few antibiotics which penetrates bone and tooth tissues being potent enough to clear the infection out of bones and teeth.
As Metronidazole is not designed for treatment of pets, then you will not find proper instructions and indications of dosages, frequency and duration of treatment.
Moreover, almost all antibiotics affect the liver and kidneys, some of them negatively affect the function of pancreas. Giving your cat improper dosage may not only perform severe side effects, but will lead to poliorganic dysfunctions and failures, thus threatening the overall health and life of your pet. That is why it is of ultimate importance to visit a doctor.
Why to see a veterinarian?
Pets are speechless. They can not explicitly state what symptoms bother them. Not every pet owner is able to properly interpret the behavioural changes of an animal, especially of cats considering their temper.
The symptoms of intestinal inflammation, infection and indigestion caused with junk food are the same. A pet commonly has diarrhea, vomiting, refuses to eat and drink. In some cases the symptoms are rare, while other pets perform extreme frequency of vomiting and diarrhea.
Warning! If vomiting and/or diarrhea in pet occurs more frequently than every 30 minutes, please, visit vet clinic asap!
Frequent vomiting and diarrhea cause dehydration of an animal and cause severe damage of liver, stomach, intestine and kidneys. Some damages are irreversible. And lead to death of an animal.
Even veterinarians can not exactly diagnose a disease only on symptoms and external presences. A series of lab tests are required to diagnose a source and a cause of a disease.
Which symptoms are evident of disease (inflammation, infection)
Each cat owner must not only play and pet the animal, but to attentively examine the body, the skin, the behaviour, the condition (look and smell) of mouth cavity, the condition of teeth, the joints and glands.
The next symptoms are bothersome conditions which must lead you to vet clinic:
- rapid behavioural changes – unwillingness to ply, avoiding contacts with people, cats often try to hide in a cozy dark nook (under a bed)
- refusing to eat and drink
- sleeping more than on average
- change of smell from the mouth
- darkening, discolouration, yellowing of teeth
- skin changes
- hair loss, especially zonary
- new formations on skin and under the skin
- swelling of joints, lameness
- any sort of bleeding or blood in the urine or stool
- swelling of glands – commonly health glands are impalpable, however when the gland is inflamed this means that there is inflammation in the nearest area. Glands are located close to joints. For example, you can palpate the glands under the lower jaw of your cat. If your cat does not have infections, inflammations of mouth cavity, these glands which are named ganglions submxillare, will remain impalpable.
It is of ultimate importance to see a doctor as soon as possible if your cat presents one of the symptoms. Metronidazole for cats is a drug which effectively copes with bad feeling during the infection and fast kills the bacteria and protozoa causing the infection.
How Metronidazole for cats work?
The drug gets into the blood of an animal in a converted form of 5-nitroimidazole – the active substance which interacts with the proteins of bacteria or protozoa and prevents their DNA from replication. In such a way the drug helps the cat’s body to destroy the colony of bacteria and to clear the infection out from the body.
How to get prescription for Metronidazole for cats
If you notice that your pet feels bad, then do not delay the visit to a cat doctor. Report all the changes and symptoms of your animal. The more you will tell, the more precise diagnosis your pet will get. In some cases a minor detail will change the course of thinking and diagnostics and will change the indication and treatment.
Your doctor will get necessary tests done and will give you the medicine in proper dosage which will be easy to measure.
Cat owners report that Metronidazole is badly tolerable by the pets, that is why medical monitoring is advisable. Metronidazole for cats provokes:
- extreme sleepiness
- loss of appetite
- various mental disorders
Some owners report extreme worsening of key infection conditions as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Some cats are so difficult to give a pill, that vet doctors decide on intravenous injections.
Injections of Metronidazole is the best way of treatment for cats as the doctor will always check key conditions as temperature, weight, reaction of a pet to light. If you decide to treat your cat with pills, then be sure to show your pet to a doctor every week, get blood and/or urine tests done.