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My 5 month old Morkie has diarrhea for2 days she still eats

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My 5 month old Morkie has diarrhea for2 days she still eats and drinks still very playful.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.
At Zoey's age, diarrhea often results from intestinal parasitism or food intolerance. Even if a fecal ova and parasite exam revealed no parasites, that test is often falsely negative and so it would be prudent to treat Zoey with over the counter fenbendazole (Panacur) available in pet/feed stores for three consecutive days. Fenbendazole is a safe drug with good efficacy against the nematodes - roundworms, hookworms, whipworms - as well as the protozoan Giardia. If you didn't see a positive response, Zoey's vet should take a look at Zoey and might suggest treating for a dietary indiscretion ("food poisoning") with the antiinflammatory antibiotic metrondazole and/or suggest testing Zoey for a food intolerance with presumptive hypoallergenic diets. I don't believe tht a food trial is appropriate, however, in a dog suffering just 2 days of diarrhea. In those cases a simple dietary indiscretion such as ingesting something new, inappropriate, spoiled, or a non-food item is suspected in our young dogs and this type of diarrhea usually abates unaided within 72 hours.Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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