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Experience:  UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management
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I have a 3-year-old Boston Terrier with a history of colitis.

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I have a 3-year-old Boston Terrier with a history of colitis. He is on a prescription low fat gastrointestinal diet. In the past, my vet has given me Cerenia to keep on hand when he has episodes of vomiting or diarrhea. I recently moved to Texas and while I have a wellness plan with a national vet, they are unable to see him and will not refill the Cerenia without doing so.
At 2 am last night he had diarrhea and I gave him a dose of Cerenia. He has been drinking, but has not been given food. At 4 pm today he had diarrhea again. I am out of Cerenia, and am unsure how long I should monitor until I take him to an emergency vet.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.
Welcome! My name is***** am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.
I am sorry to hear about this concern for Reilly.
Well, I think its time for a vet visit now. Colitis can be very uncomfortable for a pet, so its well worthwhile to get appropriate medication.
But, what medication?
Cerenia? No, not really. This medication is almost exclusively used for vomiting, and really would not help with diarrhea or colitis. So, not sure if there was some communication error about how to use this drug.
Ideally, for diarrhea, most vets prescribe metronidazole (flagyl). Wonderful to be used as needed for diarrhea cases.
Also, a drug called sulfasalazine is sometimes added. It is a anti-inflammatory medication designed to help the colon. So, great to be prescribed by vets any time they see blood or mucous in the stool.
So, ideally, I would try to get in to a vet as soon as possible to get Reilly on some good medications to get him back on track. Hope that extra information helps. Good Luck!
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Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.
Hi Allyson,

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

Dr. Andy