my german shepard of 11years has been on metacam for the last 5 weeks after beeing on PLTs for 2-3 years. She has developed cronic diarrhea, she has been fouling in the house and peeing ( this is something she has never done even as a puppy ). She has also been given Ranitidine and has now been given Metronidazole. What do you suggest.
Type of Animal: German Shepherd Dog
Pet's Gender: bitch
Pet's Age: 11years
Name of Dog: sasha
metacam, clindocul, cotrim, cppnorum. ranitidine
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!weight: normal;font-style: normal;font-variant: normal;text-decoration: none;">In an older dog, I tend to be more proactive in looking for a cause with your signs above.Metacam can cause stomach upset and diarrhea, and speaking to your vet about stopping this would be reasonable.With that said - based on the age, breed, and signs - I would consider an abdominal ultrasound. This will give you a completely NON-invasive and easy look at all of the abdominal organs - the stomach, intestines, liver, spleen, pancreas, etc.That will help determine if there is an infection, inflammation of the intestines, an ulcer, or other intestinal disease which can explain your signs and better help direct treatment.If you are not familiar with this procedure, this link (CLICK HERE) will help:I hope these recommendations and tests get to the bottom of this for you!If you have any follow-up questions - please do not hesitate to ask!Otherwise - please remember to click ACCEPTFind me any time if needed: http://www.justanswer.com/veterinary/expert-criticalcarevetYou can always request me through my profile, bookmark my page for future help, or beginning your question with “For CriticalCareVet”____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Please click the "GREEN ACCEPT" button if the information I have provided has been of help so I receive credit for helping you. Bonuses are always welcome and appreciated.This is necessary so that I can get credit for assisting you and compensated for my time.Once you click accept, your question will not close, and you will still have the opportunity to follow-up if needed.Also remember, sometimes the medical information and recommendation may not be what you want to hear, but it is being made in the best interest of your pet - please be courteous in your response, even if this is not exactly what you wanted to hear - we are only making the best and safest possible recommendations for you and your loved ones.Please keep in mind that if you do not list all the important information above (medical history, current medications, previous illness, etc) it is harder for me to give you the most complete information.With this communication - we are here to guide you in making the best decision for your pet. This is for informational purposes only. We are not allowed to diagnose and prescribe medications - rather provide a course of action to speak to your veterinarian about - and any medical therapy and treatment should only be performed after an in-person examination with your veterinarian as a professional-client relationship has not been established on the site. While information may be discussed, this is not intended as an encouragement for you to self treat your pet, rather information online, and any treatment provided should only be performed after consulting your veterinarian.
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