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Anne M
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« on: January 03, 2008, 12:59:30 PM »

Hello all--

Wondering if anyone has had experience giving flagyl to cats?  ( I admit to being over-worried about medications in general....) 

I've done some online research and it seems that flagyl has been satisfactory with kitties but just wanted to ask here if anyone has used it, and what the experience was. 

I just wanted to double check .....  regarding possible issues with this drug.

Thanks so much....
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2008, 01:18:47 PM »

Hi AnneM,

My kitty is on flagyl now and he has been on it many times before.  He is an IBD kitty and sometimes his flare ups require the use of flagyl.  He does very well with it.  The dosage must be weight appropriate.  Too large a dose can be neurotoxic to cats.  The maximum dose for my Rufus is 25 mg. 2 times daily for 10 days.  When he has real bad IBD flare ups, he does very well on 25 mg. every 2 days.

Flagyl is extremely bitter.  My vet has it compounded for me into a #4 capsule which goes down very easily without the bitterness and foaming at the mouth which the dry pill and the liquids can cause.  Whenever I use the flagyl, I chase it with some water because you don't want it sitting and possibly disolving in the esophagus.
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2008, 01:56:42 PM »

Also used Flagyl on my IBD kitty with chronic renal failure. Was a 50 per ml strength liquid dosage
given once a day with food being used to try and control intractable diarrhea. Gave by syringe,
and cat sure didn't like it, flavored or not. Was on it for well over two weeks to a month, when a diet
change put an end to the diarrhea and IBD symptoms. So cat no longer gets Flagyl at all and has
had no further diarrhea. IBD symptoms seem to have almost disappeared.
Anne M
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2008, 03:04:55 PM »

Thank you so much for responding.

My kitty is almost 12, with CRF, and has never had IBD symptoms before....

I first got something called FortiFlora from the vet, but I can't really get her to eat it.  She can detect one molecule of any substance other than the food itself.  And she doesn't eat wet food, just chicken baby food as a treat. 

Vet didn't want to use Flagyl except as a last resort.  Maybe there's another option out there, I"ll ask.  Thanks again so much....>'.'<
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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2008, 06:13:22 AM »

I used Flagyl for my IBD kitty whenever she had a flare-up.  It's extremely bitter and so I would have it made up at a compounding pharmacy into a capsule. I would give the capsule and the follow with a syringe of water to be sure it went down, otherwise she would foam from the bitterness.
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2008, 12:39:45 PM »

Vet didn't want to use Flagyl except as a last resort.  Maybe there's another option out there, I"ll ask.

Three of my five have had issues with intestional bacteria imbalances resulting in loose Vet used Tylan to get the florae back to "normal". Tylan is a very bitter powder...apparently enough to make you retch...just a pinch was required, added to the food, but there was no way these guys would touch it. I finally got some gelcaps & that did the trick.

My Vet said that, if I couldn't get the Tylan into them, then Flagyl was the alternative but, that Flagyl was even worse tasting....

SO......with all that background, you might want to ask your Vet about Tylan...considering
I admit to being over-worried about medications in general...
My Vet says that Tylan is the simplest/safest antibiotic. You still might want/need to use gelcaps, though.

Once the stools got back to normal I started using an Eagle Pack product, Holistic Solutions:
The ingredients in Holistic Solution™ are biologic tools that resolve the illness naturally by introducing Digestive Enzymes to ease the strain on the digestive system. Probiotics supplement the beneficial bacteria that occur naturally in the pet's system.  Holistic Solution™ provides Prebiotics (Inulin), a food source for the beneficial bacteria so they stay strong and healthy.  Few remedies offer this natural, 3-way, holistic approach to resolve symptoms.  Holistic Solution™ resolves the symptoms by naturally restoring the gut to its' normal healthy state

Best of luck!
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