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I am sorry to hear Cash has been dealing with diarrhea for so long
Clindamycin can indeed cause diarrhea (as can any oral antibiotic), however that is very uncommon.
Hello Dr G yes as stated the good news is he is feeling fine gaing weight and playful other than th eloose stools cannot tell he has an issue.
I would not be too concerned with the clindamycin affecting your dog negatively. If anything we tend to see upset stomach and vomiting with the medication during the first couple doses, however that is also uncommon as well
Like I said I do trust my vet, but you know this internet thing when I came in this morning and started doing the research on the clindamycin all the side effects point to possible diarrhea....that was my concern. So is it safe to assume the reason he choose that particular one is directly related to the results obtained from the diarrhea panel test results?
I would bet there was a bacteria on the panel that came back that would normally respond to the clindamycin. It is great for anaerobic bacteria, which can commonly cause GI upset. The internet can be a very scary place when even looking up the most benign medication
Thanks Doc....you know I love my shepherds like they are children (smarter than most children as well) and worry about them. He is such a good boy but between this demodectic mange and now this he has had a hard time the last month or so. I just want to make sure I am doing all I can to make him better as soon as possible. Thank you for your answer it makes me feel better about the antibiotic.
You're welcome. It sounds like you are doing everything you can right now. I know it is very frustrating and I am sure it is hard on Cash, but hopefully Cash will feel better with the antibiotic.
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You bet....you have a great weekend as well Doc!