RONIDAZOLE - International Cat Care

 RONIDAZOLE Handout for Veterinary Surgeons Ronidazole is not licensed for use in cats; it should only be used with caution and with informed, signed, owner consent. Ronidazole (10% powder preparation) is used to treat a condition commonly associated with birds (e.g. pigeons). However, it is not available in this form in the UK, and the consistency of the 10% formulation is difficult to guarantee. Therefore, we have gained permission from the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) to use 100% pure chemical grade ronidazole to treat a condition mainly associated with cats. This is also the form that is now used in the USA. In the UK ronidazole can be obtained: • In a capsule or liquid form from Nova Laboratories, Tel: 0116 223 0099 or • In a tablet form from Summit Veterinary Pharmaceuticals Limited Tel: 0800 440 2471. While the VMD have agreed to our use of this chemical in these cats, they strongly recommend that detailed records are maintained and that no cat is treated without first obtaining informed, signed, owner consent. In addition, we should compile data on all potential adverse effects: send case information on any potential adverse effects to Danielle.Gunn-­‐[email protected] Care should be exercised in the use of ronidazole; there are very few studies of its use in cats, and long-­‐term studies in other species have suggested potential toxicity concerns (and in many countries its use in food-­‐producing animals has been banned to minimise human exposure). Careful handling of the drug is therefore advised. THE CRUSHING AND SPLITTING OF TABLETS AND CAPSULES IS NOT RECOMMENDED Further information can be obtained by contacting Danièlle Gunn-­‐Moore: Email: Danielle.Gunn-­‐[email protected] Tel: 44 (0)131 650 7650 Fax: 44 (0)131 650 7652 April 2014