Ponazuril for Dogs and Cats
How to Give this Medication
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General drug information and indications.
Ponazuril is a drug which is used to treat protozoal and coccidial infections
in dogs and cats. Coccidia infections are relatively common in puppies and
kittens and affected pets usually present with diarrhea. Toxoplasma infections
are considered particularly serious because of the potential for transmission
from the pet to humans. Toxoplasma infections are more common in cats than in
Clindamycin is the drug that is most commonly used to treat Toxoplasma
infections, but there are occasions when your veterinarian may choose to use
ponazuril. In both veterinary and human medicine, there are instances where the
infectious agent (in this case the protozoa or coccidia) have developed
resistance to the first line drug.
There are also instances where an animal will tolerate one drug better than
another. Like many other drugs in veterinary medicine, ponazuril is not FDA
approved for use in dogs and cats and is not available from a veterinary
pharmaceutical manufacturer. Instead, it is compounded by a specialty pharmacy
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How to Give this Medication
Give this medication to your pet exactly as your veterinarian prescribes. If
you miss giving your pet a dose of ponazuril, give the next dose as soon as you
remember or, if it is close to the next scheduled dose, return to the regular
schedule. Do not double dose to catch up.
Wash your hands after giving your pet this medication.
Be sure to discuss any side effects with your veterinarian immediately.
The most common side effects in dogs and cats are gastrointestinal upset,
including vomiting and diarrhea.
Keep this and all drugs out of reach of children. This drug should only be
given to the animal for which it was prescribed. Do not give this medication to
a person. Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a
Be sure to review with your veterinarian any medications or supplements your
pet may be receiving.
If you suspect your pet or another animal was accidentally overdosed or has
eaten this medication inadvertently, contact your veterinarian or the
Poison Control Center at 888.426.4435. Always bring the prescription
container with you when you take your pet for treatment.
If you or someone else has accidentally ingested this medication call the
National Capital Poison Center at
Different strengths or dosage forms of ponazuril may have different storage
requirements. Read the labeling or ask your pharmacist for the storage
requirements of the prescription you receive.
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About the Author
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.The information contained on this site is general in nature and is intended for use as an informational aid. It does not cover all possible uses, actions, precautions, side effects, or interactions of the products shown, nor is the information intended as medical advice or diagnosis for individual health problems or for making an evaluation as to the risks and benefits of using a particular product. You should consult your doctor about diagnosis and treatment of any health problems. Information and statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA"), nor has the FDA approved the products to diagnose, cure or prevent disease.
Wedgewood Pharmacy compounded veterinary preparations are not intended for use in food and food-producing animals.
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