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Dog with suspected IBD losing weight fast.

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Catherine Lee, Sep 5, 2018.


  1. Catherine Lee

    Catherine Lee PetForums Newbie

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    I’m getting really desperate and close to losing my Cavalier King Charles Bo so some advice would be appreciated please.

    4 months ago Bo started having very watery explosive diarrhoea. I wormed her and the vet did a lab stool sample test and all was clear so he gave her Royal Canin Anallergic food as he thought she had an intolerance to her food (she has always been on Burns lamb and rice since we adopted her as an ex breeding bitch 5 years ago). I continued wth this food but Bo continued to lose weight rapidly and I wasn’t happy so I looked for a second opinion.

    The next vet was very concerned and put her on prednisone and a new food - Royal Canin low fat. Still she lost weight. Eventually the vet did a blood test and Bo is anaemia with low protein and pancreatitis. She has been described as ‘running on empty ‘. So far she has gone from 11.4kg to 7.8kg and is all skin and bones.
    I am feeding her 4 times a day.

    Yesterday the vet wanted to put her to sleep and I am desperate. Bo still has a waggy tail and is such a delightful dog; I don’t think she is ready yet.

    Any suggestions please?
     
  2. Dogmatize

    Dogmatize PetForums Junior

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    Hello. You don’t say how old your dog is and I think her age will be important to consider going forward.
    I think you should go back to the vet you trust and ask whether protein losing enteropathy would be a possible diagnosis.
    I have a dog who has this condition as a result of food intolerances. I have had really good results feeding Hills ZD.
    I previously fed Royal Canin gastrointestinal low fat, but because the Hills ZD has the protein denatured the dog’s body doesn’t react to it in the same negative way.
    My dog is now 12 -he was diagnosed at 7 and since changing to the ZD in January he has grown back hair that’s been missing for years which we put down to neutering- most importantly his bloods have remained normal and his condition is currently well controlled.
    I buy my food from zooplus.
     
  3. Catherine Lee

    Catherine Lee PetForums Newbie

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    Hello Dogmtize
    Thanks so much for the reply. Bo is around 10. I’m thinking of getting a referral because I think my general vet is out of her depth. Does anyone know of a good gastro specialist in the East Midlands?
     
  4. Catherine Lee

    Catherine Lee PetForums Newbie

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    Also Bo has a grade 4 heart murmur.
     
  5. lullabydream

    lullabydream PetForums VIP

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    Anallergenic food is the same as Royal Canin ZD. They both have the hydrolysed protein in them. So the OP has already been suggested this as the first port of call by the vet.

    Am not saying it's impossible, but it's harder to operate on a dog with heart problems. There are risks involved. My own dog with grade 3/4 heart murmur has just had a dental.

    I think you are right to get a second opinion. I think the vet fears that your dog isn't responding to treatment to for pancreatitis meaning maybe there is something else going on. Steroids and diet is the way forward.

    Loss of weight, with anaemia is indicating malabsorption especially whilst feeding 4 times a day. This shouldn't be happening. So the intestinal tract could have major problems usually discovered on exploritary surgery if X ray or CT scan.

    Anaemia not always and depending on the reading can signify an internal bleed.

    Yes ok your vet saying sounds like your dog is running on empty is fine. However they should be giving more reasoning such as your dog isn't responding to treatment, or I suspect this is happening which is why I think it would be kinder to put to sleep.
     
  6. GoldenShadow

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    Have you been to an animal hospital such as the Animal Health Trust? I would request a referral to one urgently.

    One of mine has IBD but his did not onset quite so suddenly. He has had pancreatitis in the past too. He is relatively stable, I change his food every few months as he struggles the longer he stays on one. He gets B12 injections and despite being a senior neutered male doesn’t gain weight very easily.

    The advice when mine got pancreatitis was to get him off steroids ASAP. Some vets don’t think there is a link but others do.
     
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    Animal Health Trust is in Newmarket, I think they’re great. We have also been to Queens in Cambridge but that was for skin problems. Again I think they are good too. Lots locally go to Dick White but I’ve never been myself.
     
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