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My dog is starving from Ibd

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Bethm26, Aug 12, 2020.


  1. Bethm26

    Bethm26 PetForums Newbie

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    Our lurcher has been poorly for some months now it started in May with episodes of vomiting and diarrhoea and lethargy we were back and forth to the vets initially being diagnosed as pancreitis on a few visits,she has had numerous tests done since and just recently been Confirmed via biopsy she has severe Ibd, this caused fluid build up in her abdomen due to protein loosing enteropathy which first time around was easy to shift but this time it won't budge on either spironolactone or furosemide, she has lost so much weight and won't absorb nutrients with the protein loss occurring and has gone from 21kg down to about 15- 16kg now in a very short amount of time. She has been clear of diarrhoea for over a week now and bowels back to normal but now she's getting weak and struggling to stand on her own as her electrolytes and pottasium has dropped (due to furosemide). Our vet has said our next step would be to include and immunosuppressive into her medication but this is risky, Is there anyone who has had similar issues with IBD? Looking for any suggestions to help My poor pup. She's already on a combination of cobalamin, antibiotics, prednisolone and furosemide and will be restarted on pottasium supplement. We've found hypoallergenic food she will eat but it can be a struggle to get her to eat it some days. We've spent months back and forth to the vets and now feeling totally lost any suggestions greatly appreciated! We have a week to try and get some improvement before a specialist will decide if she gets the new medication and want to try everything possible to give her the best chance at stabilising and getting better from this. Thankyou
     
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  2. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    Yes, we were in this very position many years ago
    https://www.petforums.co.uk/threads/b12-and-diet.457980/#post-1065000027
    https://www.petforums.co.uk/threads/the-vet-ballsed-up.391265/#post-1064047072

    Take note that our dog had to have a different type of cobalamin
    All I can say about food is feed a wet and do not change food too often. Also,do not give anything else to try and get her to eat. Stick with one foodstuffs. As yours is working at the moment, stick with it

    Are you sure it's not prednisolone causing the issue?
    Could they start to gradually reduce this? Our dog lost muscle mass and his pads started peeling off due to the high dose of Pred
     
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  3. Dawn1977GSD

    Dawn1977GSD PetForums Newbie

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    Hi we are pretty much mirroring what you went through. Our dog is so poorly and hasn’t responded to steroids and lost so much weight that the vet is thinking it is cancer now and says he hasn’t seen IBD be this severe before. How’s your dog doing now has anything worked? Thanks Dawn
     
  4. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    Our dog was this bad and had malabsorption bought on by the IBD. Regular colbamin injections kept him stable.
    How long has your dog been bad?

    This is a recent thread
    https://www.petforums.co.uk/threads/ronnie-has-ibd.540270/
     
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  5. niamh123

    niamh123 PetForums VIP

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    My 16 month old pup has just been diagnosed with IBD he lost just over 4 kg,he has been put on a hydrolyzed diet the vet suggested we use Purina HA Veterinary he has a mix of the wet and dry.Within 3 days his stools were firm and he was much happier pup we have been muzzle training him over the last 2 weeks as he is a scavenger when off lead,yesterday he had his first off lead walk for over 2 weeks and the thoroughly enjoyed it:)
     
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  6. mufi

    mufi PetForums Newbie

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    I have no experience of IBD in dogs, but plenty of experience in a steroid-resistant human with severe ulcerative colitis. The only treatment that works for her is cyclosporine; a quick google search seems to indicate it can also be used in veterinary medicine.

    Good luck - when severe, it's a horrible disease.
     
  7. MacKat68

    MacKat68 PetForums Newbie

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    My coton had colitis so bad she was bleeding from the rectum. Looked like a blood bath on my kitchen floor. My vet was on vacation and I chose a neighboring vet that ended up saving her life by suggesting I feed her ONLY a Purina HA diet. Nothing else. This was 4 yrs ago. It has been very hard not giving her anything else, no dog treats unless HA based, but IT WORKED! She will be 14 in November. I do add warm water and make it into a soft watery type meal but it has worked wonders for her. Saved her life. Let me add she had been on furosemide also. I went crazy trying to find a good dog food that would not upset her. Nothing worked, nothing helped until the purina. My girl has also been almost anorexic in her dislike for food but tolerates this food very good. So good luck and I wish you well.
     
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