like with anything you read on a forum, do your research and know how to use meds and be very careful not to overdose your dogs.
With that said here are some must haves for dogs owners and a great way to avoid large vets bills. All of these require no prescription from the vet.
If your dog has diarrhea for a few days Metronidazole is a great antibiotic that works wonders on the gut. I always use it at the first sign of diarrhea and it stops it about 95% of the time.
11.5 to 15 Mg per lbs of body weight. This is given BID (mean 2x a day)
your dog weights 40lbs so take 40 x 15 = 600 mg or you could use a smaller dose 40 x 11.5 = 460
so since it comes in
250 mg and 500 mg tablets I would give 500 mg 2 times a day for 7 days.
If you have smaller dogs then like puppies order 250 mg tablets
If you have dogs over 40lbs order the 500 mg tablets
CAUTION you can overdose puppies and small dogs easily with metronidazole and have neurological problems. So I would always use the 11.5 x the body weight dosage and not ever give it to pups under 10lbs but that is JMO.
WARNING: Use any drug with caution and realize that a small percentage of dogs can be allergic to any one of the following antibiotics. Do NOT give antibiotics to a very young dog without consulting a veterinarian, as some drugs (like tetracycline) can harm puppy teeth.
Chephalexin is a great antibiotic for anything else that is not GI related. I use it for any cuts or anything that requires antibiotics. There are exceptions where more powerful antibiotics are required but if you needed those you would have been to the vet anyway.
Cephalexin only comes in oral form, and the dose is 15 mg per pound of body weight, given every 8 to 12 hours depending on the severity of the problem. If you are using a maintenance dose, give it every 12 hours. If the dog has an infection already, use it every 8 hrs.
but may i add to becareful with antibiotics. if you use them just for any old thing and you keep going off and on for short periods and skip doeses your dog will eventually build up an immunity to the antibiotic and it will no longer be useful. so IMO use antibiotics wisely. and for anyone that doesnt know, antibiotics dont treat viral infections.
my boy has frequent bouts with diarrhea. the boiled chicken and brown rice method helps but it takes a few days. combined with metronidazole, it took just over 24hrs. i will always have this in my doggy pharmacy.
i'm concerned that keeping my boy on this med indefinitely will kill off the good bacteria in his system. eventually leading to other digestive problems.
do you think it's okay if i keep the dose to 250mg/day? and supplement with probiotics a few times a week? (yogurt and cottage cheese)
No your dog should not be on this longer than 2 weeks if a really bad case. DO NOT keep them on this long term!! how long has he been on the meds, and why are you keeping him on them? What is going on?
i've only administered for the length of time prescribed my vet. i think 7 or 8 days.
Gotti has a loose stool. he's always been that way. it approaches firm but never really gets there. and every month or so he gets the runs pretty bad.
i've tinkered with his diet over the last year. Innova seemed to be best for him. but the diarrhea always comes back. and he gets miserable.
so only admin at first sign of flare up and only for a few days?
Yeah no long than 5 days and give probiotics after the meds are done. have you talked to the vet about his lose stool? Have you tried TOTW? I know my Boston terrier was like that for a while till I switched foods. You can also always give probiotics with meals if the stool is lose it should help with digestion.
i've had the diarrhea problem...lots of times my dog was chewing up stuff and eating bits of it and that would get her going. i did have to use that metra...but never had to dose her for that long to get results