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Dog with Irritable Bowel Disease

I need advice from other pet owners who's dog suffers from Irritable Bowel Disease. Our dog (2 years) was just diagnosed, and is now on Prednisone. He's got severe allergies to all grains so we're trying different types of allergen free dog food. I'm not thrilled that he's on meds and am looking for other alternatives. Any suggestions would be most helpful and appreciated.

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December 28, 20070 found this helpful

Are you sure it's all grains? He might be able to eat steamed or boiled rice, with pressure-cooked or boiled chicken and/or lamb for protein. Some acidophilus and pro biotic complex powder sprinkled on the food might also be of benefit (that's not a prescription item). Your veterinarian can advise you if this suggestion is OK. Good luck.

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January 2, 20080 found this helpful

You should find one hypoallergenic food and stick to it for at least 6 weeks. That is how long it takes to see how they will respond. Hill's Science Diet z/d Ultra or Purina's LA are both low antigen diets. You hope that once you find a food that your dog will be able to come off the prednisone. You have to watch the treats you give and rawhide chews too. You can add an Omega Fatty Acid supplement to the diet. They have natural anti-inflammatory properties, there are many formulations for dogs available.

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January 3, 20080 found this helpful

Poor dear. You'll want to be sure to get the name exactly right because the treatment for irritable bowel syndrome is different from that for inflammatory bowel disease. Good luck to you and your doggie.

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January 3, 20080 found this helpful

Hi!

I absolutely agree with the acidophilus idea. I should ask--has your dog been treated at all with antibiotics? They will wreck a digestive tract! You can actually order probiotics for dogs--try Jeffers Vet supply on line. Most digestive disorders appear to be either caused by improper bacteria balance or actual toxins that have been ingested. To cover my bases, I would try feeding MEAT, which is what canines are meant to eat anyway, instead of grains, and you can also add a little dandelion root powder (to cleanse toxins from the bowel), aloe vera juice (to soothe the digestive tract) and the probiotics to refloridate the gut with the proper digestive bacteria. Good luck!

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February 27, 20080 found this helpful

Our Maltese has IBD, we've spent $5,600 on her finding out (tests, surgery) getting her well. She can only eat Royal Canine Potato & Duck food, no table food or grocery store food ... she has been on steriods for 8 months but they have slowly been weaning her off ... she is great now but willalways be on this special diet.

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