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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My puppy has girardia he has had symptoms since monday he has

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My puppy has girardia he has had symptoms since monday he has been very playful and isnt even acting sick. At 3 am he had a streak of blood in his stool. And of course he didnt want to go back to bed he wanted to play. I called the vet and she said its the girardia. But my friend who is in school for vet tech scared me to death that its parvo?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
If it were parvo, he wouldn't have wanted to play. Parvo pups become profoundly depressed. What have you been treating the Giardia with, please?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Metrizondale. Yeah he has been fine other then the soft stool the vet said to finish the course he is on day 4 and if he hasnt gotten better to bring him back im just worried
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Thank you! Metronidazole isn't the drug of choice for addressing Giardia. When administered as the sole agent it's effective in just 65% of cases. Fenbendazole is the drug of choice and metronidazole can be added to the fenbendazole therapy if I'm not seeing cure with fenbendazole alone.
I understand your concern. Please continue our conversation if you wish.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Why do they prescribe it?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Some vets aren't as up to date as others.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin