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What is the best thing to feed a dog diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease?

What is optimal to feed a dog with inflammatory bowel disease?
Predisone is given twice a day
Refuses standard solid dog food
Refuses turkey
Refuses rice
Just started eating today after two weeks
Current diet: Chicken

I feel that chicken may not be the best option to feed a dog with this disease. If there are any other options that you believe that my dog will consume, then let me know. Thank you.

hi wine, my basset was dx w/colitis a few yrs ago. funny thing is, I have Crohn's disease, a type of IBD like UC.

I would give him some chicken broth, steamed rice, freeze some gatoraid in cubes and give it to him if he was throwing up. a few cubes at a time until you are sure he can keep it down. They now have G2 which has less sugar. Boiled turkey, boiled ground beef or boiled chicken can be given in small amts. The vet can give you some anti nausea medication for him too.

Baby food in the form of meat or chicken flavor is ok too. I would ask the vet for booklets on it or an instruction sheet on how to treat flares and what to feed your dog. My vet gave me tons of info to read along with pain medication and a muscle relaxer if he had spasms.

Yes, it is hard to watch your 4 legged child w/fur suffer. I can totally relate to what he is going through. Just be sure to call the vet if anything unusual happens. That is what you pay them for.

Your dog will be in my prayers.  (+ info)

Do pre-biotics and probiotics help with inflammatory bowel disease?

I have a condition in my rectum called acute colitis with cryptitis or inflammatory bowel disease. Will prebiotics and probiotics be helpful for this condition? Also, will aloe vera juice help? What alternative treatments are there for inflammatory bowel disease instead of taking prescription drugs?

hi cherri, I have inflammatory bowel disease, crohn's disease for 28 yrs. It is my understanding that aloe vera juice will aggravate the intestines b/c it acts as a laxative. If we are flaring, it worsens the lining of our gut & can cause dehydration. I tried it myself for 90 days and found no benefit, only abdominal pain.

The pre and probiotics are helpful but to get IBD into remission we need to be on maintenance medications such as Llialda for UC, remicade as well and for crohnies, entocort, 6MP, humira, or Imuran.

If you check out the crohn's and colitis foundation's site, they have alot of info on what you are looking for. There is also a live chat, a hotline, and an open forum where you can post questions to others like yourself.

There is no cure for crohns and for UC, a total colectomy(removal of large intestines) and permanent ileostomy is a cure b/c then the pt. would be drug and pain free. I've had my ileostomy for 23 yrs. because my CD attacked my entire colon and treatments failed.

Definitely look into ccfa's site. they publish a lot of research reports as well as the latest meds to be approved by the FDA.

good luck to you.   (+ info)

Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease a lifelong disease?

Once you get one of these diseases does it always stay or can go away...pleazz answer and help

hi, i am a crohn's pt. for 28 yrs. This is the most accurate information from the Crohn's & Colitis website:

What is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn's disease is a chronic (ongoing) disorder that causes inflammation of the digestive or gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Although it can involve any area of the GI tract from the mouth to the anus, it most commonly affects the small intestine and/or colon.

What Are the Symptoms?

Persistent diarrhea (loose, watery, or frequent bowel movements), crampy abdominal pain, fever, and, at times, rectal bleeding: These are the hallmark symptoms of Crohn's disease, but they vary from person to person and may change over time. Loss of appetite and subsequent weight loss also may occur. However, the disease is not always limited to the GI tract; it can also affect the joints, eyes, skin, and liver. Fatigue is another common complaint. Children who have Crohn's disease may suffer delayed growth and sexual development.

Some patients may develop tears (fissures) in the lining of the anus, which may cause pain and bleeding, especially during bowel movements. Inflammation may also cause a fistula to develop. A fistula is a tunnel that leads from one loop of intestine to another, or that connects the intestine to the bladder, vagina, or skin. Fistulas occur most commonly around the anal area. If this complication arises, you may notice drainage of mucus, pus, or stool from this opening.

Symptoms may range from mild to severe. Because Crohn's is a chronic disease, patients will go through periods in which the disease flares up, is active, and causes symptoms. These episodes are followed by times of remission -- periods in which symptoms disappear or decrease and good health returns. In general, though, people with Crohn's disease lead full, active, and productive lives.

Types of Crohn's Disease and Associated Symptoms

The symptoms and complications of Crohn's disease differ, depending on what part of the intestinal tract is inflamed. That's why it is important for you to know which part of your intestine is affected by Crohn's disease. Your doctor may also refer to your illness by various names based on the principal area involved. The following are five types of Crohn's disease, together with their presenting symptoms:

Ileocolitis: The most common form of Crohn's, affecting the ileum and colon. Symptoms include diarrhea and cramping or pain in the right lower part or middle of the abdomen. Often accompanied by significant weight loss.

Ileitis: Affects the ileum. Symptoms same as ileocolitis. Complications may include fistulas or inflammatory abscess in right lower quadrant of abdomen.

Gastroduodenal Crohn's disease: Affects the stomach and duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). Symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, and nausea. Vomiting may indicate that narrowed segments of the bowel are obstructed.

Jejunoileitis: Produces patchy areas of inflammation in the jejunum (upper half of the small intestine. Symptoms include abdominal pain (ranging from mild to intense) and cramps following meals, as well as diarrhea. Fistulas may form.

Crohn's (granulomatous) colitis: Affects the colon only. Symptoms include diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and disease around the anus (abscess, fistulas, ulcers). Skin lesions and joint pains are more common in this form of Crohn's than in others.

How is Crohn's Disease Diagnosed?

There is no single test that can establish the diagnosis of Crohn's disease with certainty. To determine the diagnosis, physicians evaluate a combination of information from the patient's history and physical exam. They examine the results of laboratory tests, X-rays, and findings on endoscopy and pathology tests, and exclude other known causes of intestinal inflammation. X-ray tests may include barium studies of the upper and lower GI tract. Endoscopy tests may include flexible sigmoidoscopy and, sometimes, colonoscopy, which allow the doctor to directly examine the colon with a lighted tube that is inserted through the anus. During these tests, biopsies may be obtained. This procedure involves the removal of a small piece of tissue for closer analysis. It is important to make sure that an infection is not causing the patient's symptoms, so one routine test is to examine the stool for harmful organisms. Because Crohn's disease often mimics other conditions and symptoms may vary widely, it may take some time to arrive at the correct diagnosis.

CD is not deadly but the side effects of the treatments can affect the liver, pancreas, bloodwork, etc. That is why the GI will run monthly tests to make sure things are ok. There is no cure yet, but the newer treatments--Remicade, Humira, and Encort put the pt. in remission faster.

For more information, check out the sources I provided below. They have a live chat & hotline run by healthcare experts and an open forum where folks with IBD (crohn's or UC) can post questions to others wh  (+ info)

Is anyone familiar with canine IBD inflammatory bowel disease?

My dashund was diagnosed with this disease I am wondering if anyone has any pointers to help give him the best and most comfortable life by treating this disease with diet and meds..Thanks Shannon

hi shanney, I have crohn's disease (IBD in humans) and my bassett hound has colitis.

make sure your dog has regular check ups with the vet. he may need to be on prednisone for short periods of time. be sure he has lots of water to drink, as for diet...when he is flaring try chicken broth, maybe some noodles like in cambell chicken soup, freeze some gatoraid in an ice cube tray and then once it's frozen, put 1 in his bowl(make sure he licks it til it's gone--then give him another) and he will get his electrolytes that way, meat flavored baby food (Ike loves it), canned dog food, etc. ask the vet for information on what he can and can't eat.

I truly feel for your pet as well as mine. Hope he can stay in remission. best of luck to you.  (+ info)

Diagnosing Inflammatory bowel and Irritable bowel syndrome ?

The symptoms are so similar , how does one diagnose one over the other.
The significance of the two diseases is so different.

inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are two very different entities even if some of the presentation may be similar (diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain)

but in IBD there is a clear pathology and the effects is much more sinister - causing bloody diarrhoea, malabsorption problems, may cause abdominal obstruction from strictures, or abnormal connections with other organs (fistulas), intestinal perforation or increased risk of colorectal cancer. The abdominal pain is much more severe than IBS
to diagnose IBD for sure you would need a colonoscopy and biopsy of the affected part for pathological evaluation. abdominal x-rays, small or large bowel enemas or follow throughs and blood results may be supportive of the diagnosis as well.

IBS is more likely to be a functional disturbance of the bowel, the symptoms are not as severe, and is a diagnosis of exclusion (there is no investigation to show that its a case of IBS) after the doctor has done the appropriate investigations to outrule other causes of chronic diarrhoea (other causes include IBD, chronic gastroenteritis, coeliac disease, lactose intolerance). and it has no significant long term complications. When doing colonoscopy and biopsy the lining of the intestine in IBS is normal, the only significant thing is that they have a much lower pain threshold during the procedure than the normal population (hence probably an over sensitive stomach, or a functional disturbance) and IBS is also related to stress and anxiety

the causes for both IBS and IBD are still unknown  (+ info)

Is there a color ribbon for Inflammatory bowel disease?

My daughter has inflammatory bowel disease and I want to know if there is a ribbon like the pink one for breast cancer and other ribbons. I

No, not that I am aware of.  (+ info)

can cats die from inflammatory bowel disease?

if not, does it shorten their lives?

Not sure about cats but I know if untreated and unmonitored IBD could kill someone. If IBD works the same in cats as humans then there would be an increased chance of colin cancer but otherwise it should not shorten its life.  (+ info)

Can anyone give me Information on Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Is it Genetic?
What are the symptoms?
What can be taken for it?

Any thing esle would be really helpful. I want to understand it before I go to my Doctors


www.ccfa.org...should have a ton of information on Crohn's disease as well as Ulcerative colitis.  (+ info)

What is inflammatory bowel ?

What is inflammatory bowel ,crohn's disease ,ulcerativw colitis ? Is this the immune system going after the intestines or the body that cannot process food. A problem braking down food.

Why is there no cure for the above diseases?

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Is diarrea more of a symptom of Inflammatory Bowel Disease or is constipation the main symptom?

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