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Hi, I am going to try and help you tonight and also tell you about other things to watch for with Max. Give me a few minutes as I will need some time to type all the information. I am Dr J.
Thanks Dr. J
It is very unusual for temeril-P to cause diarrhea. But some dogs are sensitive to steroids in that they will drink more water while on steroids and that can cause a looser stool. Besides prednisone, the other active ingredient in temeril-p is an antihsitamines. Sometimes in some dogs, the use of antihistamines can can loose stool but it is not very common. You could ask your Max has responded to this drug because it makes other possible diagnoses like food allergy less likely. But be cautious and watchful with Max because food allergy is very common in Westies. Most Westies I see in practice today have food allergy. Back to the loose stool, it could be drug related so I would ask to switch to prednisone but if that does not clear it up then I would suggest you have Max seen by his vet. I am available for questions now......please let me answer any questions you may have.
I am very sorry for the typos above....I just got off a long shift. If you do not understand anything, please let me know...
What I was saying above is that if Max has responded to temeril-p that is good because that is consistent with what you vet is thinking about it being a flea allergy. Food allergy usually does not respond to temeril-p. Also you can ask your vet to try Max on just Prednisone to see if that will help clear up the skin and diarrhea.. If diarrhea does not clear on pred alone then you should have Max seen by your vet. Westies can have very severe flea allergies to the point that will bite themselves until they develop secondary infections. So it is very important that the itching be treated. If Max does not clear up with good flea control and a steroid then another additional possibility would be a food allergy along with the flea allergy. I hope I have answered all your questions. Please let me know if you have any other questions at all. I am more than happy to help. Sincerely, DRJ
This was helpful. Thank you. His diarrhea isn't just loose stool and it just showed up once he started the medication. I will speak to the vet tomorrow.
Please let me know how he does. I hope he feels better very soon. Most Sincerely, DrJ