Medications for Dogs – Metronidazole

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Metronidazole
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A wholesale distributor of pharmaceutical and medical products, including veterinary drugs, DV Medical Supply, Inc., has been serving the health care marketplace since 1978. Among its many quality pharmaceutical veterinary products, DV Medical Supply offers metronidazole tablets in two dosages, 250 and 500 milligrams.

For dogs with bacterial infections in the large intestine, metronidazole is a particularly effective drug treatment. The antibiotic works to reduce inflammation in intestinal tissues and abate symptoms such as diarrhea. Moreover, doctors for people and animals alike use metronidazole in conjunction with other antibiotics to address a variety of bacterial infections.

Metronidazole clears bacterial infections by attacking the bacteria’s ability to construct DNA, meaning it can no longer reproduce. The drug can kill bacteria that thrive in deoxygenated environments, like those created by damaged tissues, by inhibiting certain enzymes.

Not all dogs are good candidates for metronidazole treatment, however. The drug should not be prescribed for puppies nor expecting or lactating mothers.

The Uses of Metronidazole

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Metronidazole
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Established in 1978, DV Medical Supply is a family-owned and family-operated business that is helmed by Dr. Stephanie Ferguson and her husband Neal Hyams, the latter of which founded the company. Offering a wide range of pharmaceuticals to the medical and veterinary industries, including hard-to-find items and quality generics, DV Medical Supply operates from its base in Gardena, California. Among these products is metronidazole.

Used predominantly to treat infections, metronidazole belongs to the nitroimidazoles antibiotics class. Though not useful for viral infections, such as the flu or common cold, it can be used to treat protozoal and bacterial infections because it is capable of stopping growth in both cases. Further, it is commonly used to complement stomach ulcer medication.

Those prescribed the medication should inform their doctors immediately if they have liver disease, a blood disorder, nerve or seizure disorders, or a condition that affects either the stomach or intestines, as their dosages will need to be altered. While taking metronidazole, patients should avoid drinking alcohol, as doing so can cause side effects, such as nausea, faster heartbeats, and skin irritation.