Treating Canine Diarrhea With Tylan

Tylan is an antibiotic used to treat different infections. Tylosin is a main component in it. Tylan is also known as an effective drug in diarrhea treatment, as well as an anti-inflammatory medication.

Causes of Dog Diarrhea

Diarrhea and loose stools in dogs are caused by a number of common diseases and parasites, including:

  • Intestinal problems
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Parvovirus
  • Coccidia
  • Giardia
  • Stress and food intolerance

If you see that the diarrhea persists for several days or you notice blood in the feces, the dog should be taken to the vet. Diarrhea may be fatal for puppies, due to severe dehydration.

Signs of Diarrhea

Diarrhea is easily recognizable. You notice a softer or even liquid stool, more frequent defecation and an unpleasant odor. The dog will also be lethargic and pale. You may also notice other symptoms that are specific to each medical condition in part, depending on the main cause.

When is Tylan Used?

Tylan is known as an antibiotic that belongs to the macrolide class, but it's better known as treatment for colitis and chronic diarrhea. Tylan has anti-inflammatory properties and in colitis, it acts as a soothing agent for the large intestine.

Tylan is made up of Streptomyces fradiae, which is a bacterium. It may be an inhibitor of bacterial protein synthesis.

Tylan is not processed in the body, being eliminated through urine, so it is less likely to cause liver disease or worsen a pre-existing condition.

Tylan is available as tablets, powder, capsules or injections. Dogs will avoid taking the medication due to the unusual taste, so capsules or injections are easier to administer.

Tylan Side Effects

Tylan or tylosin has little or no side effects in most dogs.

The drug may cause allergies in pets that are allergic to antibiotics. If the dog has allergies to antibiotics such as erythromycin, Tylan should not be administrated, as it belongs to the same class of antibiotics.

Even if Tylan is used to treat diarrhea, it may cause gastrointestinal problems in rare cases. Keep your dog hydrated during the treatment.

The main problem with Tylan is the taste, which is not tolerated by dogs. In this case, capsules or injections are more recommended. Note that the injections may cause skin irritations.

If under Tylan treatment, some liver blood test results (ALT or SAP) will be elevated, so make sure you inform your vet when running such tests.

Tylan can interact with heart medication such as digoxin or digitalis, such as choramphenicol or lincosamides.

Other Uses of Tylan

In addition to being an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory, Tylan may also be used in cases of tear staining in white coated dogs. Tylan is also marketed under the name of Angel Eyes. However, many vets oppose its usage as a cosmetic treatment, due to the antibiotic compound, which is not recommended for day-to-day use and will also create immunity to other antibiotics such as erythromycin.