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Ronidazole is a nitroimidazole antibiotic/antiprotozoal from the same family as metronidazole. It is toxic to protozoa by virtue of the disruption of protozoal DNA. Ronidazole is considerably more effective than metronidazole in treating trichomonal infections. There is also some research that indicates that it may be effective to treat Giardia in dogs.
Although drugs from this family are used to treat trichomonal infections in birds, it is important not to use ronidazole in food animals due to concerns regarding carcinogenicity. Ronidazole is well absorbed following oral administration. It is not approved for either human or animal use in the United States therefore it is only available through compounding pharmacies.
Ronidazole is an anti-protozoal drug that is effective against Tritrichomonas foetus in the cat. Although the efficacy has been demonstrated in multiple studies, there is relatively little published information on this drug. Ronidazole is given orally for 14 days. It is compounded into capsules because, like metronidazole, it is very bitter tasting.
If oral overdose is recognized promptly, gut-emptying protocols may be helpful. If neurologic signs occur, supportive nursing care may be required for some time.
May Be Prescribed by Vets for:
Infections due toTritrichomonas foetus and Infections due toGiardia
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Barbara Forney, VMD
Dr. Barbara Forney is a veterinary practitioner in Chester County, Pennsylvania. She has a master's degree in animal science from the University of Delaware and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1982.
She began to develop her interest in client education and medical writing in 1997. Recent publications include portions of The Pill Book Guide to Medication for Your Dog and Cat, and most recently Understanding Equine Medications published by the Bloodhorse.
Dr. Forney is an FEI veterinarian and an active member of the AAEP, AVMA, and AMWA.
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