Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Medication helps diarrhea caused by using antibiotics.

Byline: Pet Care DR. JEFF NICHOL For the Journal

Q: My 15-year-old cat had a tooth pulled and was put on antibiotics. She developed diarrhea so my vet prescribed metronidazole. The diarrhea gets better when she has the metronidazole but as soon as I run out, it comes back. Should I continue giving her that drug or are there other things I can be doing?

Dr. Nichol: The tooth extraction and antibiotics were important. Oral infections can threaten the lives of older pets. So why the diarrhea? To help break down food for digestion every one of us has a variety of different bacteria living inside our intestines. Normally those little bugs stay controlled; each species competes and prevents the others from taking over sort of like street gangs. …

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