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My vet just prescribed metronidazole. They ran tests and

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My vet just prescribed metronidazole for diarrhea. They ran tests for gardia and other bacterial infections which were all negative. One of the side effects of metronidazole is diarrhea. Why should I give her a medicine which could make diarrhea worse?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

So sorry to hear that Emma is having loose stools. In general, any medication administered has the potential to cause diarrhea but rarely if ever have I seen this side effect in dogs with metronidazole.

Even without seeing giardia, Metronidazole has the palliative or calming effect of the gi tract and often I will send metronidazole home with a pet because it is effective in controlling diarrhea, especially with colitis which can mean blood or mucus as well very effectively.

So even though there is a very slight possibility of diarrhea with this medication it is very highly uncommon and much more consistently controlling of this symptom.

I do understand your hesitancy but I do agree it can help get her more comfortable along with a bland bulking diet such as Hill's I/D, Iams Intestinal Diet, or a homemade diet of white rice and lean boiled meat such as chicken

I hope this information makes sense but please let me know how else I can assist you both today

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Good evening, I wanted to check in on you and your Emma to see if I can be of any further assistance to you both today. Happy Holidays!

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.
Hi Debbie,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Emma. How is everything going?
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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Good afternoon, I am curious to hear if your dog did alright with the metronidazole after you asked your question last week. I would love an update when you are able!
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