IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)

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On Saturday, 11/13 we rushed Kaine (2 1/2 yrs. old) to our vet's office after he spent, practically the entire night, throwing up. His behavior that morning made me call and get him in as soon as possible. By 3:00 that afternoon Kaine was undergoing exploratory surgery to see if he had some kind of blockage or obstruction which he did not. He was released from the hospital on Tuesday afternoon and is currently on a restricted diet. On Wednesday we received his biopsy results conclusively indicated that he had IBD. The doctor did explain to me that this could be a time thing and that everything may go back to normal but my gut feeling is; this is going to be yet another obstacle we will have to overcome. F.Y.I. Kaine's dog food, since the time I brought him home from the breeder has been Eukanuba.

Since his diagnoses I’ve been searching the web for the causes of IBD and came across many issues including immunity disorders. I haven't had a chance to get into the particulars of immunity disorders at this time but I plan on doing a little more research on the subject. This poor dog has experienced so many obsticles in his short lifetime. At a year old he had a type of mange. At a 1 1/2 he under went major CCL surgery which took 8 weeks of recovery. And now this... I (we) will do everything possible to make the remaining years of Kaine's life the happiest ever. He's a great dog and we love him dearly.
Is there anyone who can give me any suggestions or advice???

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I would discuss a low stress diet with your vet. I know when Princess has several bouts of diarrhea in her first year, the vet gave me several cans of Science Diet canned dog food which was primarily rice with chicken.

You may also try pre-moistening his kibble so it is easier to digest. Unlike humans where the digestion process starts in the mouth, a dogs digestion starts in the stomach. If the kibble is swallowed pre-moistened, it should be easier to digest.

Some dogs (like humans) have allergies to certain foods. You might change his kibble to a brand/composition that is different.

These are all suggestions, one or more or all may help.

Some dogs do not tolerate the grains in dog food. I have a full house right now with my daughter visiting with her family and my other daughter just having a baby. Everyone is here for the holidays so my time is very limited. I want to get back on when I have a bit more time and tell you about our problems with our last litter and what helped us. In the meantime look at this website and read through some of the articles. The digestion blend products is a wonderful line when mixed with a high quality no grain diet. I switched mine to raw and haven't had a bit of problems since. Now to back that up he wasn't diagnosed with IBD but we had EVERY test imaginable to human and canine done biopsy being the only one we didn't do.  I've learned a lot about digestion issues from all my research with this last litter and working with the universities on it. I'm not a vet and don't claim to have the answers but would love to share with you what I've learned and maybe it might help you. Of course you would want to run it by your vet. Here is the link to the website please read through some of the articles they have. I can send you a PM with more info if you are interested

http://www.b-naturals.com/

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Just a quick note to thank you both for your replys - I truly appreciate it!  Later today, I will check out the website b-naturals and after the holiday, I would love to hear any and all information you have on this subject rnddobermans.

Again, thank you both so very much!

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Janice, so sorry you went through such a traumatizing weekend. How scary it must have been.( I'll bet Kaine fared better than you did.. they are so stoic, which makes it even more difficult) Hope he's up and back to normal soon.

After you decide on afeeding program , I've heard that canned pumpkin ( not pumpkin pie filling but the real deal) helps so much for any digestions problems.. Do check with your vet first as I have no first hand experience with this.. just passing on information that I've read.

Good luck with Kaine and please stay in touch. We do worry about the Doberkids.

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All I can say is: don't panic.  You've had him this long and his food has not up until this point become an issue.  It could be that he ate something that you didn't see that really threw his system out of whack.  Did your vet suggest a food for him to settle his stomach?  I have seen dogs that had IBD eat a very bland diet the rest of their life and be fine.  One thing I've learned is that the internet is a great resource of information, but often the information is the "worse case scenario" stuff that you can see.

Raw might be a good option but if you don't have the time to do it, rgreen's suggestion of science diet was called "ID" it is basically a very bland diet that comes in canned and kibble form.  It is what is the most used (that I know of) when dogs have stomach issues.  Two weeks on that to settle the stomach and then you can consider trying some other diets.  Raw, or specialty diets that have low grain, different protein (duck&potatoe, venison&potatoe).

Good luck.

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Bananas - Seriously every part of a banana holds miracles!  I would not want you to go there without doing a little research online and with your vet, but I am a firm believer in the banana.  Put a few peels on a rosebush and you will see larger and more beautiful blooms than the plant has previously produced!  

Leo had coccsidiossis  (not spelled right, sorry), at 6 weeks when he came into our house.  I thought it was parvo, because of a similar diarrhea and lethargy.  After searching the internet for home remedies for Parvo, he'd had only one vaccine, I found an herbal concoction and also gave him some banana.  He was noticeably improved the next day, whether the herbs or the banana, it did offer him help thru the evening and into the next day until we got a fecal result and diagnosis.

Pediatricians recommend a BRAC diet and there is another one, I forget, for a troubled digestive system for human infants ..Banana, Rice, Apple, Carrots.  I believe these are all on the list for foods that may be fed to a Doberman.  But please do your own research, I would not want to guide you incorrectly!