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Discussion in 'Dog Food and Diet' started by Josie, Dec 18, 2019.

  1. Josie

    Josie Administrator Administrator Registered

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    Hello all,

    Firstly thank you all so much for your support throughout.

    So we got the results today. He has severe inflammatory bowel disease.

    Sounds terrifying but it’s sounds manageable.

    Vet thinks he had a bug originally which has caused this issue to occur and has only gotten worse due to not knowing the cause.

    He’s back on Z/D diet now and is actually eating again!! He’s also on strong antibiotics - hopefully these two things will be enough to get his bowels back to normality.

    In future when he has flare ups (which can happen) he can be given steroids. They don’t want to do this yet because he’s still recovering from operation and still low immune system.

    It’s something relatively positive or at least something we at least know is the issue.

    Only thing he’s been doing last two nights is getting up and down CONSTANTLY at night. So no sleep for us. He’s on paracetamol and he had post op check which showed normal temperature and no soreness to belly.
     
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  2. JudyN

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    I'm so glad you have an answer, @Josie. You must be so relieved, even if there isn't an easy, quick cure. So now you'll be looking for food recommendations for you and Oliver, costing no more than 50p a meal so you can afford the Z/D!

    I hope Dennis recovers quickly and the treatment keeps him comfortable - and eating.
     
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  3. Josie

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    Thanks Judy. It’s just good to know what it is and actually have a solution!

    Yes tinned soup for Oliver and myself for the foreseeable future!!!
     
  4. Ari_RR

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    I think this is really good news, fingers crossed he will recover very soon. Thanks for the update!
     
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    Ah that’s good you have a diagnosis, tell Dennis I sympathise ;) at least it’s something you can manage :)
     
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  6. Josie

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    Thank you @Ari_RR and @Mayblossom

    This is how sad it’s become but I rang Oliver today to tell him that I was actually able to pick Dens poo up in a poo bag!!! It’s been diarrhoea since October (we’ve been taking big water bottles everywhere we go for any accidents)
     
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    Good to hear you finally got to the bottom of it x
     
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    Good to hear you have something confirmed. Is that the food with the feather protein?
     
  9. Mayblossom

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    The things that excite us dog owners ! :D:D:D
     
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    Great news that you now know what has been making Dennis feel so unwell:)
     
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  11. Josie

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    The vet said it’s chicken that has been blasted apart so that the body doesn’t recognise it’s chicken! It has a fancy name
     
  12. Poppy’n’pugs

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    Hi Josie, my pug has also been diagnosed with IBD a couple of months ago, I’m looking for any advice you could give me as he just can’t seem to get better and the vets just aren’t helpful in any way. No one seems to want to give me advice without charging me hundreds of pounds first. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, Poppy
     
  13. Josie

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    Hi Poppy, firstly - great name! I’ve just had a daughter and called her Poppy :)

    secondly, I’m sorry to hear about your pug. It’s been a big journey for us getting a diagnosis and yes the vets are very eager to charge!!

    so Dennis is now on the Hills Z/D diet which is hydrolysed so it’s chicken but the body doesn’t recognise its chicken. It is expensive though so get it from zooplus, pet planet or fetch. I usually go wherever best offer! Although now he is being fussy with that diet :-(

    Den is also on steroids every other day but that’s last resort and it does help but his poos can be different every day. Before the diagnosis he was pooing in house and it was like water diarrhoea so it has definitely helped.

    Has your pug been on antibiotics? There’s a certain one which really helped Den but his IBD kept coming back so they decided steroids.

    have your vets not helped at all?

    I’m sorry to say, it’s an expensive issue to have :-(
     
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    I hope very much that a workable solution is just round the corner for both of your dogs.
     
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    My dogs only like 'meaty' treats, so for my pup's 15th birthday I knew the cake would need to be meat-based.
     

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