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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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Customer: Hi, my name is ***** ***** and my issue is regarding my 7 lb female yorkie eating a 250 mg azithromycin tablet
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: She had eaten the pill earlier in the morning and had a diarrhea about 230 she hasn't had any other symptoms, but we found the plastic it was in around 1130ish
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

According to Plumb's Veterinary Drug Handbook, 8th Ed., 2015 "Acute oral overdoses (of azithromycin) are unlikely to cause significant morbidity (severity of symptoms) other than vomiting, diarrhea and gastrontestinal cramping." It appears that your dog read the book. Her diarrhea should be transient and so no treatment is necessary at this time. There are no lasting or delayed adverse effects expected.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
How long should the diarrhea last? Should I be concerned if it lasts over a certain period of time?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Less than 36 hours. The azithromycin can cause a dysbiosis - an imbalance in the normal intestinal microflora - but his body can rapidy repopulate the bacteria that were killed by that antibiotic. I would be patient for up to 72 hours. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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