Internal Medicine Vet referral

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Hello All!  I have a 2 1/2 yr old male that is in need of an internal medicine specialist in NC or SC to perform a colonoscopy.  He has had blood in his stool for 3 weeks now.  Not alot...but vet has run blood work (all good), tried medication with hopes it was ulcer perhaps in lower colon.  Didn't work.

If anyone know of a great practice, I'll take referrals!   My vet wants Carolina Veterinary Specialists to do the procedure, however, I have read pretty negative reviews.

Thanks!

 

Kim
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Well, I know this is unsolicited, but I'll toss it out there anyway. LOL!

Blood in the stool, diarrhea and mucus can be a sign of a severe food allergy. I know, because Libby (in my avatar) had IBD. (Inflammatory Bowel Disease, which those symptoms indicate.)

I took her to a holistic vet, and found she was allergic to everything I was feeding her. She was like your dog - otherwise healthy.

Treatment consisted of putting her on a very bland diet - yogurt, flaxseed oil, green powders, and psyllium for about a week, and then switching her diet to a completely different protein and NO grains. She started improving immediately, and lived another 7 1/2 years, which was astonishing.

By completely different protein, I mean instead of chicken, turkey or pheasant, try beef, pork or venison. Or, instead of either of those categories, try fish.

If interested, you could try and find a holistic vet that will help with allergy testing, or you can just change the diet to a different protein and no grains. The bland diet in between was just to give Lib's digestive system a rest, and a chance to heal, but I've had other friend's dogs who recovered nicely from these symptoms by just switching dog foods.

You haven't said what kind of food he's eating, or for how long, but this is a possibility. For my dogs, I buy a different protein every bag, and when I'm getting to bottom of one, mix the two for a few days to switch, and it works well. Rotating proteins can help with preventing an allergy.

As an added note, you may want to stay away from grain free foods that have Menhaden fish meal in it - for some reason, a lot of dogs are allergic to it. Including three of mine.

Good luck whatever you decide to do, and I hope he feels better soon!

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Hey Kim,

Thanks for sharing that.  He is on Wellness Simple Turkey & Potato.  I do put in 1 cube of Primal Nuggets Turkey & Sardine.  He has had this for a while now though.  Been on this food for a year.  Constant skin allergies so maybe that's the problem.  I have found a holistic vet here in NC and was thinking about going that route about 6 months ago.  He went to a Canine Derm & Skin allergy specialist a year ago.  It didn't make a difference with the Natural Balance food he was put on.  I would be really upset if I spent $2400 for a colonoscopy only to be told it's his food.  Then again, he's my heart and I HAVE to get to the bottom of it.

Kim
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You're welcome!

The skin allergies can also be a food allergy, as can constant ear infections. I guess my thought on it is, while you're deciding which route to take, you could switch food and see how he does. It won't take long to see a difference, I think. You probably know this site, but just in case, I'll add it - www.dogfoodadvisor.com

Great site to check out the quality of dog foods, and they also have an alert you can sign up for that will let you know if something has been recalled.

Weird coincidence, but my best friend's dog turned up with the exact same symptoms about the same time you posted. She's switching doing a cleansing diet with Gracie for a week, and then taking her completely off fowl and grains. With 24 hours, all the bleeding stopped. Within 48, the diarrhea stopped. Still a bit of mucus in her BM's, but it's lessening every day.