Saturday, February 11, 2012

If your dog has IBD please read this!!!!!!!!

I agree not a fun topic but I have a great deal of experience in the end processes of digestion and I want to share Aspen's miracle!!

I would say the first year of living with Aspen was pure hell....  I am in no way kidding!! We brought home a puppy that had sever chronic diarrhea.  He was to the vet on a monthly basis and sometimes even a weekly basis.   As of now Aspen has been seen by 5 different vets and one of them was even from the University of Minnesota.  This all occurred in his first 12 months of life.  We spent thousands of dollars on stool samples and exams and no one could help him!!  I shed lots of tears .. I honestly didn't know what we were going to do and if he would ever get better. At our visits to the various vets it was suggested that he was allergic (Irritable bowel syndrome) and later in his life they felt it was because he was the nervous sort. I knew it was neither of these... he never had an issues around being nervous or eating. I could change his food and he would be fine, but out the blue for no reason he would again start to have issues. So while most if not all the vets I've encountered disagree with me, I feel it was the administration of dewormer that started this problem.

I know for sure Aspen was given too much wormer by his breeder.  She gave him his vaccinations and wormer right before we left and she didn't weigh him on a scale.  I remember her picking him up and saying "he's  around 40lbs". We found out later that she was wrong, he was only 30lbs.   This is where I think things started us off.

 I was concerned balling hysterically by the next day because he was having bloody stools.  We rushed him to the vet but they did not share my concern hysterics.  They believed the wormer was safe and I was just to give him pumpkin, some rice or even better some prescription dog food.  It didn't work not only was my puppy having the runs constantly.  Throughout the next year he would have intermittent periods of maybe 3 or 4 days to a week where he wouldn't have diarrhea, but for the most part he consistently had trouble on a regular basis.  He would have emergently relieve himself anywhere from every 30 minutes to a few hours.

At this point all the veterinarians we consulted believed he had IBD... He went from diamond dog food, to nurtro, to science diet (vet recommended), Innova, and wellness.  Nothing seemed to agree with him and it was strongly suggested  that he go on prescription dog food.  Through the process of comparing brand and ingredients I felt that would have been a poor choice for Aspen (and I was right!!!).  I fought with many of them saying that we were not going that rout.  Those vets can be darn mean but I think they found I could be way meaner!!  We hopped vets until I found someone that would work with me and not against me.  YOUR VET NEEDS TO BE LIKE THIS!! NO EXCEPTIONS!!  I

Besides the food switching here is the run down of what was done- we added Metronidazole- didn't work, we added fiber with dextrin- sorta worked but not really, we had done every blood panel known to man and still nothing came up abnormal.  At this point (year old) we wanted something better, so off to the U of M we went.  We needed an expert!! I kind of expected our visit to be this grandiose Mayo Clinic (Mayo clinic is a world renowned people hospital close to us)  type of environment.  I was sadly disappointed.  I got a general vet and an intern.  She wanted to put him on prescription dog food, but again I refused.  She suggested doing an exploratory surgery (HELL NO!!) that may or may not give us results and likely would not change course of treatment?!?!?  Finally we agreed on Fiber with pysillium and tylan an antibiotic. ***TMI coming up**** This did help and he wasn't just exploding everywhere all the time, but it was a jelly like consistency(so still not normal).

It wasn't until Aspen and I did a session with Anne Nichols that we started looking at nutrition again. Probably a 3-4 months later.  Anne is a well known raw feeder and I expected her to want me to do the same but she didn't.  Again we need to seek out people that want to work with us not against us and that is Anne to a T!! I never once felt judged by her in her training or nutrition suggestions.  Her main suggestion was to pull Aspen off Tylan and see if he could do without it.  Sure enough he did just fine.

He still had sort of strange bowel movements, but it remained manageable, which was a relief for us. Once P&G had taken over Innova I had started looking for alternatives and I wanted to know more about raw.  I went to a class that talked a lot about feeding raw, but also about the better choices if you decided to feed dog food.  I already had switched Aspen to grain free (taste of the wild) at the time, but I learned more about how rotation was important and how constantly feeding a dog one thing brings about a lot of these "allergies" and problems.  In the wild dogs wouldn't eat the same thing day after day after day after day (you get the idea).  I equated it to eating cereal... if you just ate one brand of cereal day after day after day you might not thrive as well either.  All of this was wonderful information, but most importantly I learned about probiotics.

At my class they suggested finding a probio that had lots of different strains.  It was then I found a  Mercola the key to our problem. I watched a lot of their videos and I ordered a probiotic and a digestive enzyme and the rest is history.  I gave this to him for a few months (i occasionally toss some in now) and he is fine!! 100% fine.  Never has a problem fine!!  This dog can eat anything and be fine.   I can't believe how lucky I was to find this for him and what a difference it has made in his life.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Mercola and all those people along the way that brought us to a cure for a dog that had been doomed with IBD!!  I don't know if it will work for your dogs but please please try it!!  Do it way before the prescription dog foods and the medications!!  Then email me so I can have evidence that this works for others too :-)

I am proud to report Aspen has done wonderful on raw as well.  I get him big tubes of whole ground meats, bones and organs at the butcher shop.  Believe me I was worried about him not tolerating raw, but not once have we ever had a problem.  I still do a rotation of dog food which includes Orijen, natures variety(instinct with no grains) and taste of the wild.  We only supplement with bight eye herb (for his cataracts), occasional fish or cod oil (people caplets), and then the occasional probios and digestive enzymes. Variety is the key I've found.  His coat is shinny and beautiful and he's doing great.  If anyone has any questions don't hesitate to ask me I'm always up for emails!!

Tomorrow is bath day for Mr. Aspen so I'll post a bit on that :-)  Thanks for reading!!  I'll part by leaving a photo of baby Aspen!!! I have been starting to sort photos and I just want to scream when I see pictures of him as a puppy...  Is he not the cutest puppy you have ever seen???? ;-)  He was so sick, but gosh he was one cute little peanut (he now is a cute big peanut)!! I'll also share my favorite adult picture of him tomorrow... Taken by thee one and only Ray(this one is also taken by Ray)!!

 The Mecola site is listed below check them out .... holistic is the way to go folks!!

http://healthypets.mercola.com/

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  1. Oh dear poor Aspen. I'm glad he's feeling better now and I'm glad he has a mummy that took the time to find out what was wrong with him and loved him all through it. My mummy had a similar problem with me, I can't eat any grains 'coz of something called gluten. It was only when mummy fed me raw I got better. She also gives me live yoghurt (yummy) and bones and we grow the veg so it's all organic. Mummy has just got an allotment so we can grow more veg 'coz I LOVE pumpkin and beetroot and she doesn't have the room at home to grow squashes. We still have blueberry bushes at home and I like to help myself. He he!

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  2. You know I've heard lots of people say that!! Times are changing and raw is really the way to go!! Looks like you are pretty spoiled Fizz :-)

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  3. Definately spoilt. I had my bath on Saturday as I had a show on Sunday (didn't do well). I smell nice and clean, bit I still don't like having one. Mummy took me to a groomer once and they were horrible. It scared me so much that I don't like strangers anymore. As for the raw diet, I can now have the odd treat that isn't gluten free as my tummy is much better. I think this is all to do with the good food I now eat. I also don't need my anal glands squeezed any more (thank goodness for that). My fur is shinny and so soft. I recommend raw to all my dogie friends.

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  4. Hi Erika: I wanted to thank you SO much for posting this. I was thrilled to read your story and learn that there is hope! I too have a Bernese (only 10 months) who has had chronic diarrhea since I've had her. We too have been in that spiral of diarrhea, metronidazole, coming off the tablets, then back to diarrhea for months. I read your story and was able to connect with Anne Nichols, who has been tremendously helpful - what a gem. On her suggestion, I got Dusty some Fast Balance GI and stopped the metronidazole.... it was with some trepidation, but lo and behold -- after a couple of days, normal poops and Dusty is full of beans. First time in weeks. I am meeting with a holistic vet on Monday and hope to get Dusty on the right track with diet, etc. So thank you so much for this posting and for helping me connect with Anne.

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  5. Yay!! I'm very glad to hear that. Our neighbors berner who is just a month older then Aspen had the same issues. We helped them and he is now off metronidazole too :-) And yes Anne is the Best :-)

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  6. Help! My little cocker is 5 years old is really sick and keeps losing weight on Metronidazole and his 4th day of z/d which he hates but the vet doesn't want me to feed him any other thing. He was eating Natures baland fish and sweet potatoes for a while and then had a relapse. every time I switch hes better for a while with the help of metronidzole? and then starts having a relapse. The other day he scared me because he got a hold of a carrot cake muffin and was really sick now his protien levels are really low and his white cell count is abnormal and they are trying to scare me into all these tests. I know i need a new vet. but I'm freaking out! i want him off Z/D ASAP it hasn't helped him off diahrrea. Please what should I do? I need an angel. Your post was very informatibe but where do I start? I just want my puppy better.

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    1. ** Disclaimer: All of what I write is in my experience with Aspen. I am not a Vet, but I can tell you what I would try**

      What is your dogs name? I know how scary this stuff can be, but just stay calm. How long has he had it? Is it chronic or acute? Aspen's blood panels always came back in the normal range so that is different situation.... what worked for Aspen might not work for your little guy, but I can maybe give you a starting point. Z/D is just for an IBD or is it a protein rich food? I wouldn't pull him off if there is a specific reason for it. Have they given you any diagnose or an idea of what they think might be going on?

      Just remember when dealing with vets is that you need to advocate for your dog. Become educated and informed and make decisions for him not just because it's what the vet "wants" to do. Don't be afraid to switch!! Ask around to other people in your area. Don't be afraid to speak your mind. I've flat out told vets how it's going to be with me. I will not longer take this quick " i know" best crap and hand over your wallet. They need to explain ever little thing to me and give me options, so I can make what I feel is the best decision for my dog. Remember that you are the one that has to live with that decision not them.

      As far as treatment I would start by adding some digestive enzymes and probiotics to whatever food you have him on. It won't hurt him. It just helps build up his digestive tract after having diarrhea. For us using fiber worked to pull Aspen off the Metro. It might be something to try... I recommend Mercola for the probios and digestive enzymes -http://healthypets.mercola.com I also think you would benefit from contacting my friend Anne Nichols- I have gotten several emails from people whom I have referred her to with very positive results. She has extensive experience in nutrition and is my go to person for Aspen. Here is her site: http://becomedogsavvy.com/phoneconsults.html & her email is wolffspirit@peoplepc.com If you have any other questions please email me. I have some good holistic books if you want to know more about that rout as well. I hope this helps and hugs to your puppy!! ~Erika & Aspen

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    2. His name is Chocolate. Thank you for the tip about the probiotics. I actually bought something at the pet food store it was a Natures' blend of prebiotics, probiotics and enzymes. I wanted to start him on it ASAP for some relief. I took him off the Z/D which is a hypoallergic food made from hydrolyzed chicken livers (hes allergic to chicken) and has a very low protien percentage. I put him on Instinct venison formula. Its very expensive but he seems to be okay with it today. I mixed in some sweet potatoes for the fiber and his poop is not as explosive now. My concern is still that its a weird color of light beige. Still he seems to be more spunky already feeling back to hisself somewhat. He was unable to jump on my bed for a few days and that really worried me. I have contacted Anne she is trying to help get me a good vet in my area. I want to do a consult with her to see what she thinks. Thanks for all your recommendations.

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  7. How do I email you Erika?

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    1. Hilda- You can email me at ewestfield09@winona.edu.

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    2. Hi,

      Is this still your email. I just tried to send you an emai and it came back to me. Thanks. Lisa from Atlanta

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  8. Wow, how much do we really need to teach our vets who have taken thousands of our dollars for a lazy guess. My baby had his anal glands removed for what I believe to be a skin allergy. The other pups don't want to talk to him because he has no scent, but left with a constant pain in the butt many years later and IBS! Spread the word. Sydney, Australia.

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  10. My dog (Millie) was diagnosed with eospinolitic IBD in December 2012 and was put on Purina HA (hyrolysed soy protein) diet for five weeks. Although she hates it with a passion, it has "calmed" her insides, we have now been permitted to introduce a "novel" raw protein - being venison (human grade, with no additives or preservatives). Millie has had no adverse reaction so far and absolutely loves it. We have also started slowly introducing Orijen 6 Fish and again, she absolutely loves it and has had no adverse reaction. We sprinkle Protexin (a multi strain live probiotic) on her food daily. So far, she is doing really well, and is a very happy little pup. Our aim is to remove "low quality" high grain processed pets foods and stick with a raw meat (being a novel protein ie: not beef, lamb or chicken as these are used predominantly in processed dog food and cause major intolerances) and Orijen diet. From all the information I've read, raw meat (human grade quality), multi strain probiotics, zero grain diets are vitally important in managing IBD. Orijen seems to be an exceptional food - especially the 6 Fish (for IBD sufferers). Have found a really good website that independently analyses dog food - address is: www.dogfoodanalysis.com. Check it out. And totally agree, you have to stand up to your vets and not let them bully you in to something that you don't feel right about.

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  11. Hi, thanks a lot for this idea, I´ll order the enzymes immediately, even though it might be a bit expensive (Westie Lula and I live in Madrid, Spain).

    I hope it Works and we can quit the meds!!!!

    Wish us luck!

    Kathrin

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  12. Erika, Thanks so much for all the information! My 7 month old mixed breed (Molly) has been diagnosed with IBS. We have her on the vet Hills dog food. Right now her stools are formed. It took sometime to get her there though. All bloodwork came back fine, worm check, etc. I have been searching online to learn all that I can about IBS. I am going to try changing her dog food to a healthier one. Question, when you change dog foods I thought you are suppose to do it over time. If you change your dog food for Aspen so frequently, do you mix in 50/50 when you change over? I also went to Mercola and plan on ordering the probios and digestive enzymes to see if that helps my little girl as well. And you are right...Aspen is one cute peanut :) Beautiful doggie you have!!!

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  13. Hey there, thank you for sharing all this. My dog has a GI problem, the vet says it is more than likely IBD although our dog has never ever been sick, he does have all the poop problems and weight-loss problems etc though.
    We were given steroids and two antibiotics, Metro and amoxycare. My dog suddenly had very bad runs and I was worried so I gave him enzymes and B12 with intrinsic factor and he immediately had better poops, not firm but not runny at all. My vet said I didn't have to give the enzymes but I have to say that without them my dog would have died because he was passing so much fluid he lost 1 kilo in just four days. On the enzymes and B12 he put on 1 kilo in four days and continued to put on weight but after the initial burst of 2 kilo in just over a wk he slowed down a bit to a more natural pace.
    My dog's B12 was down to 150 when it shud be at least 600 and again the vet said we didn't really need the B12 with IF but we continued to give it because it helps with digestion, in fact without it a dog cannot absorb food properly.
    Right now my dog is going thru the purging process but afterwards I plan to use a probiotic and continue with B12 and the odd spoonful of enzymes if I think he's in need.
    I'm glad I'm not alone in seeing the benefits of enzymes while my dog is having such bad problems. Since the B12 and enzymes my dog has been so bright and alive so I have high hopes that we'll get this thing licked. thanks again for this post it really helps.

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  14. Hi my name is Mike. I came across your site searching about IBD in dogs. Me and my fiance Jordan have a lovely smart pitbull mocha. She is about 15 months old. She was very fine as a puppy and went to numerous puppy classes and behavior classes and is as smart as a whistle and obeys every and any command. Problems arrived with her shortly after she got spayed. We got her at about 8 weeks old and she was spayed at a little before 6 months old at a local holistic vet. It was very expensive there for that. But we wanted the best for her. Every few months she would have these attacks. Lathargy, high fever, vomit, bloody tarry black stool and lack of appetite. Her fevers get so high she has to go to the vet for iv to keep her alive. We have been through this numerous times with her. Many visits to expensive 24 hour animal hospitals and the vet I first spoke of. Finally we had enough and took her to a so called specialist at red bank in new Jersey. About 3 hours from us. She was there for almost a week while they kept her going and did tests. We spent over 3 grand there. No answers, litterly none... The paperwork states unconclusove as a diagnosis. Her next attack we took her to a different vet I grew up by. He was great and was the first vet who showed concern for mocha and not our wallet. He kept her alive and said maybe to go to a specialist for Exploratory surgery but we couldn't afford it. So he said he would. Opened up his schedule and did it while she was sick and there. He did many biopsys and tests and nothing came from it besides the fact that she has some sort of IBD. This was about 5 months ago. He put her on prednisone and she has been on 10mg of prednisone twice daily since. We tried to lower the dose a few months ago but she had another attack so back she went. It has now been almost 3 months since an attack which is great. But she is not herself. She doesn't like to walk as much or play as much or as hard as she used to. She whines all the time for us to feed her. It's like all she cares about is food. She also seems like she is losing hair and has not had her hair grow back from her surgery yet! She is not gaining weight that she lost before the surgery she was about 45 lbs and has been around 38 since and looks skinny. Not like your usual pitbull. I think it's the steroids. I feel like she needs different meds. I just ordered her Probiotics and digestive enzymes from Mercola and started her in them today with the vets blessings in hopes this will help her issues. We have an appointment with the vet in two weeks to discuss alternate medications. Since her surgery she has been eating iams digestive health kibble. Almost daily we give her a human b12 supplement, some sweet potatoes and sometimes some boiled chicken and rice. We have took her to a local animal healer who claims she speaks to dogs about 6 months ago and she said mocha just keeps saying she is hungry. I feel like a constant supply of Probiotics and enzymes would help her a lot and hope I am right. Do you have any advice for us? I am 27 and Jordan is 22 we have lived together for almost 3 years and we were saving for a house and we have spent our savings on mocha over the last year we have spent about 12,000 dollars on her vet visits and emergency visits and counting. Please help us. Any advice you have or know someone who may have a superior knowledge of anything like this please forward this to them.

    Thank you so much for your time. I hope to hear from you. Mocha is our whole life and we love her with all our hearts.

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    1. Hello my name is Sue I live in Australia I rescued a English Staffy that has IBD my vet suggested putting Patch on the Prednisone Steroid & I wouldnt,, I was on that drug & it made me feels so sick, dizzy & thirsty always wanting water. I always was hungry too.Id just eat & 15mins later I felt so hungry. I stopped taken them You have to slowly stop them by reducing them.. I felt so much better when I stop taken them.. I have Lupus that why I was put on them.. Have you tried feeding her a Kibble that fills them up more & longer.. My boy is on the Eukanuba ''Intestinal' its a Low residue kibble that digest easly I feel like Im advertising the Eukanuba brand but I know it works as it helped my boy before he was put on the Eukanuba he was getting hot with diarrhea sometimes his diarrhea was just blood pouring out he sometimes licks his lips & licks & licks I was told thats when they feel sick.. His Diarrhea has stopped but he still licks his lips & wants his grass sometimes but hes heaps better since he's been on the Intestinal hes also on a powder probiotic called Protexin the orange & yellow label.. The steroids would be making her feel so unwell they help one thing but cause about 5 different other problems like I told my vet have you taken prednisone, she said no I said it makes you feel awful I wont put my boy on that. I wanted my boy to be drug free as I know how pills can make u feel yuk.. Just remember in the wild & the olden days we never took as many pills & in the wild the dogs dont have vets listen to what ur heart & brain is telling you. Good luck with Mocha, maybe try some Kangaroo meat its suppost to be very good low in fats & high in something Ive forgotten Ive read that much stuff I even dream about it all, its so sad to see ur dog sick it breaks my heart when my boy dosent want to play some days I pray to Arch Angel Micheal & Saint Francis he helps all the animals...

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    2. Before I start this reply just want to make sure it will post here as I can tell you my Shar Pei is experiencing the exact same issues and vet gave her the exact same treatment. If this post will actually work, sometimes I have had trouble with Blogger, and don't want to type this entire message to you without checking first.

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    3. Yay....this is an old post I am replying to, but you have the same problems I have. I have watched my Pei weight continue to drop in the last few months and with little help from my vet, (pills and more pills) my girl has continued to slowly lose weight. So I took the internet to see what has been the greatest help in what I now call a combination of IBS and malabsorption. This week, after a month of feeding her cooked chicken and sweet potatoes, giving her enzymes, tylan, Prednisolone (5mg) and upped to 10mg a day, vit e, hyvitaltiy, krill oil, msm, she was still not gaining weight. Oh, and I feed her 6 to 8 times a day, she eats smaller amounts but helps with her control her ravenous never ending appetite. It worries me so much I cannot feed her the right food to help her gain weight. I read that feeding her a raw food diet might help, and since when she as a puppy I raised her on raw diet, but a vet made me switch at about 2 years. She is now 4 years old and suffering with this new disease. What I am doing right now; tripe, raw food, raw goat milk, spirulina, enzymes, vit c, e, msm, hyvitality, krill oil and tylan. I hope we can find a way to get her weight back up. She is presently at 23 lbs and was a normal 36.

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    4. Hi there, I have a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix that was diagnosed with IBD in October of last year. I spent a little over a year trying to figure out his weight loss but nothing. Blood work, urine work, vet visit after vet visit and everything was coming back that he was super healthy. Finally one day he collapsed and had to be rushed to the hospital. They thought it was organ failure in the shape he got there, but they did the blood work and the organs came back fine. Finally a simple X-Ray showed that he had a mass that was by his small intestine area. They did a biopsy on the mass and it turned out it was just an area of his stomach that was inflamed. They diagnosed him with IBD, he was put on the Hills ID Prescription dog food and so far that is the only thing that has worked for him. I had him on the raw diet when he collapsed, I tried every top grade dog food that you can only get at special places, not even Petsmart or one of the chains would carry it. I do not like that he is on the Hills dog food but since it is the only thing that got him back to his normal weight (70lbs, he had gone down to 45lbs) I am not sure what to do. I see that your dog is not gaining weight but if your concern is getting her weight back up, try the prescription food to at least get them absorbing the nutrients again, then continue to research an alternative. That is how I ended up on this blog, by researching another solution but now my dog is back to his normal weight so out of immediate danger. Having him collapse was a super scary experience that I do not want to go through again. :0( My email is stacey.sanchez1978@gmail.com in case anyone wants to keep in touch to discuss the disease.

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  15. I am happy to find this site. I don't feel so horribly alone. My Aus Labraddoole has been diagnosed with lymphangectasia and IBD. We are on Royal Canin LF and metrazonidale as well as mycophenalate. None of which have helped control the diarrhea. I started her on probiotics a few days ago as well. I understand trying to find a balance takes a long time. With these two diseases I am at a loss as to how to feed her and balance her at the same time. I truly need some help and hope someone out there can stear me in the right direction. I am not very confident in this vet that is a specialist in these intestinal diseases. I live here in Washnington State.

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    1. Have you tried the Eukanuba 'Intestinal' vet prescription, they garrentee that the dogs diarrhea will stop within 3days my boys stopped the next day they also sell one that is nilly the same ingredients called Eukanuba 'Sensitive Digestion' at the Pet stores.. I wish my vet put my boy on this one first instead of the Royal Canin & Science diet their fiber is too high.. You probably need a kibble that is under 2%Fiber & a low fat the Eukanuba is 1,7% fiber & the fat is only 10%.. Everyone say how healthy he's looking.. But his insides are healthy.. poor dogs it must be awful Ive thought of putting my boy to sleep a few times.. I hate seeing him suffer & not playing thats when i know he's unwell he doesn't play just sleeps...Good Luck, Oh another lean meat is Kangaroo meat its suppose to be very good for IBD but Im too scared to try it.. I dont want to upset his tummy.. Hes doing good just on the Eukanuba Intestinal at the moment, the vet said in 1 year we will try & intruduce a new food..

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    2. I would not put any pet on Royal Canin. That's what started the problem with the diarrhea in my dog. Right now I'm am trying the probiotics with 10-14 strains and a grain-free gluten free diet, fish/salmon. No chicken, beef, or starches (potatoe, etc) in the diet. Also low protein 25-26%. Low in fat. Hopefully this will help with my dog's problem. It's too early yet to tell.

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  16. I rescued a English Staffy 'Patch' about 11months ago & im goin thru the same as you did, I think when vets dont know whats wrong they say its I.B.D & Colitis. My boy was put on Z/D Science Diet that made it worst & gave him real bad wind pain. Then he was put on the Eukanuba Intestinal kibble,This has helped him, his poos are firm now but thats all hes allowed to eat & I feel so slack when he watches me eat & he cant have none as he'll get an upset tummy & be pooing all night.. My boy cant have too much Fiber or fat, do u know how hard it is to find a kibble that has less then 2% fiber & under 12% fat all I could find was Eukanuba vet prescription.. He is also on Protexin a powder probiotic. What probiotic did u use for Aspen?? Im in Australia so we have different brands here..My vet also said Kangaroo meat is very lean but with the IBD raw isn't reconmened cause of the bacteria in the meats...I just wish Patch could be like a normal dog & just eat anything.. All so when ever I worm him we are up all night as he gets the runs, Finally the vet gave him Milbemax this is suppost to be a milder all wormer, Milbemax was good we werent up all nite with the runs but the next 2 days he must of felt sick as he was liking his lips & eating grass..But if anyone needs a low fiber & fat kibble the Eukanuba does work to stop the runs its garenteed it will help ur dog in 2-3days..

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  17. THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH! Your link led me to the ONLY probiotic for dogs, unflavored. Specialist recommended one with artifical beef flavor, which was enough to set my dog into a yeast ear infection (more meds). I am very GRATEFUL FOR YOUR website! You are WONDERFUL! Happy--the Bassett Hound Woof!

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  18. I totally relate to the first year being HELL. I'm still researching IBD and raw feeding (how I stumbled on your site) but it literally took thousands of dollars of vet visits/contradicting opinions (usually their opinion vs mine) and lots of trial and error. Now our pooch is on a 50/50 prescription kibble (always soaked) and raw food (from pet store). And we finally found probiotics/digestive enzymes and an herbal supplement from the vet that don't make him sick. He's still on a low dose of prednisone but that's okay. WHATEVER WORKS. Ours didn't have the runs, he had vomitting. Still does on occasion but that's just part of his secondary problem, megaesophagus. Doesn't feel great to finally have found a solution??? And to not have to be constantly stocked on carpet cleaner???

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  19. Hi Erica,

    I came across blog via Google, as my 12 year old male beagle is very sick with what the vets "think" is IBD, or possibly a bleeding ulcer or cancer. While all of his blood work / x-rays have come back PERFECT, he had been lethargic, vomiting, diarrhea, won't eat, low temperature... he was a very healthy dog, even at 12 years old, so much that we would call him Springy Dingy, because his energy and behavior was that of a young dog. Then within a blink of an eye he changed. I did my fair share of vet hopping last year when my other male beagle "supposedly" had nasal cancer, yet the vets could not give me a definitive answer without a MRI at the tune of $3000.00. and of course, we had no pet insurance. Regardless of the several thousands we already spent on him, the arrogance and lack of concern from so many vets is extremely disheartening. Last week I was so concerned about my baby boy "Bailey" that I stopped at the vets office to have a heart to heart with the vet and the vet was in surgery, so I was told that she would call me back before the end of the day. Well no phone call, so I went back to the vet office the next morning (ironically, the vet called as I was driving and I did not get the call until after I told her off). I felt bad, but I will say SHAME ON ANY VET WHO DOES NOT TAKE THEIR PATIENTS HEALTH SERIOUSLY). Bailey's condition has been going on for about 3 weeks now and I am exhausted, as he is a full time job. Just today I spoke with a childhood friend who is a vet tech (for 30 years now) back in the Midwest and gave me very similar advise to what you learned and did with Aspen... Raw food, probiotics... I understand the process of elimination theory, but really there are no guarantees, and while I will spend just about any amount of money on my baby, as most people will (providing they have the means to) there is simply no guarantee of a resolve / remedy and in the meantime these arrogant vets become wealthier and wealthier. I welcome any advise / input from you. Also, thank you for spending the time in creating this blog so that others can hopefully find some answers for their furry babies without having to go through losing them, or not ever really finding a remedy that works without pumping them full of toxic drugs (I am doing that as well). In fact the vet has him on meds to stop the vomiting and diarrhea, and now when he eats, I am having to force feed him, as he will not eat on his own, he drools terribly for up to an hour, so much that he loses a lot of fluids, his temperature goes down to about 98 degrees, so I have to inject fluids in him. It is such a mystery and mess. In any event, just yesterday I started him on a probiotic / enzyme supplement.

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  20. The contents has provided meaningful information thanks for sharing info

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  21. Last week we lost one of our Berners to IBD. Was a heart wrenching, two plus year journey through different medications & food all to no, eventual, avail. At some points we were winning but we’d eventually slide back again. It hurts so much to be unable to do anything for a pup that is so good, that you love so much.

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  22. Dear Erica,
    I have a dog 11 month old. He had at a age of 5 month very often diarrhea with little response on antibiotic therapy and dietary change, I think diarrhea just stopped. He ate hills zd dry but his coat was terrible , he sheds a lot. I start feed him Brit Care( we have it in Europe) lamb and rice.He did o.k. this food. He is always having soft stool but now he is having frequent and soft stool.He also experienced at age of 9 month very bad gastritis episode witch lasts 3 weeks, he had SIBO and vet cure him with metromidazolum. I now he is very sensitive dog and I should change a food but it is so frustrating to find a right food for him because nothing really works. I would like to enrich his food with some probiotics and enzimes until i hopefully find suitable food for him so please could you tell me which product do you use for Aspen, I would make an order but I want to be sure.

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  23. My German Shepherd Pup is now 14 months old and we have been fighting loose stools for his whole life. We have done stool samples very often and always with a lot of bad bacteria. He has been on antibiotics on and of for about 5 months of his life. He gets better but never gets rid of all of it and gets his diarrhea back after he is off the meds for a while and has to go back on meds. I have tried many different foods. I like Blue Buffalo and that's what he started his life with and during his life to try to cure him we have tried other brands. We have used Blue, Taste of the Wild, Wellness and now going back to Blue due to I like Blue and none of the others seam to make a difference. I also have had him on Vetri-Science Probiotics for about to months now. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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  24. Raw goats milk does wonders as a probiotic.ask your pet shop if they carry it and give them 2-4 oz a day while they are recovering.
    My puppy has IBD and all the medication she was on also killed her good stomach bacteria.
    I use goats milk and sometimes a probiotic in her food to restore her stomach flora.

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