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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My 13 year old female yellow lab has a large edema on the

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my 13 year old female yellow lab has a large edema on the side of her groin due to a terrible fall she took over a week ago. She was taken to my Vet, tested the fluid filled sac and found nothing that was worrisome. After a few days, she had terrible diarrhea and was given diphenoxylate w/atropine which took care of the problem. We also put her on a bland diet of rice and chicken. Now she's been constipated for two days and has no energy. I do have a call into my Vet, but wondered what you thought might be happening.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

In dogs administered diphenoxylate/atropine, constipation, bloat, and sedation are the most likely adverse reactions encountered when usual doses are given. By the prinicple of Occam's Razor, then, your Lab is simply experiencing an adverse drug reaction. Potentially, however, paralytic ileus (paralysis of the GI tract), toxic megacolon, pancreatitis, and central nervous system effects could be seen and so if she didn't remiss within 48 hours of stopping that drug, her vet will want to thoroughly examine her including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests and X-rays of her gastrointestinal tract in an attempt to better understand its health.

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