Help with dog IBDI am not sure if there are vet homeopaths here but if anyone can offer advice or suggestions, I would really appreciate it.
My dog is 2 and a half years old, 10 kgs, she is a mongrel but has been at home since the day she was born. She has always been weak but since June this year she has taken a turn to the worse.
It started with her not eating and being lethargic. Gradually, her stool became inconsistent - diarrhea sometimes, constipated the others and gradually less and less stool till she stopped completely for about five days.
The vet couldn't figure out what was wrong but gave her an enema and an anal massage after which her stool gradually improved but she still wouldnt eat her regular food, nor play with the other two dogs like she used to. She would just constantly lie around, lick her legs and paws compulsively.
Then over the last two months she had gotten better, eating her regular food, playing, being active. Now all of a sudden, for the past 10 days her symptoms are back.
I have been reading and her symptoms seem to suggest IBD. I don't want to put her on long term cortico steroids or heavy antibiotics. My homeopath suggested that I start her on arsenic alb 200x three times a day and mag phos whenever she seems to have pain.
I gave her Ars Alb for five days without any improvement and finally started her on antibiotics when her pain and symptoms seemed to get worse. Also, we live in a cold place in Himachal Pradesh and her condition seems to worsen every evening and through the night. She is a lot better when the sun is out.
Can anyone help pls?
induprasad on 2008-11-16
drlkumar last decade
The problem with IBS/IBD is that the food taken in goes through the system so fast, ending in diarrhea, it doesn't have time to be assimilated by the body so the pet ends up being nutritionally starved even though food is being consumed.
IBS/IBD, as well as excessive chewing/licking/biting of the paws/hotspots has also been linked with vaccinosis as well as an allergic response to something in the food(some pets have an allergy to grains, corn, preservatives, in commercial pet food) or environment(pesticide sprays on grasses which the pet runs through and gets on its paws, ingesting if it licks its paws or if it inhales substances-pollens, pesticides,etc). You might consider trying Thuja 30, 3 whole pellets or 4 crushed pellets placed on the tongue.No food or water for at least one hour afterward. Only one dose is to be given. This will help to undo the side-effects of any vaccines that may have been given. As for the others it becomes a matter of eliminating them from the pet's environment and food.
Some veterinarians believe that IBD is caused when the pancreas is working harder than it should to produce enzymes. Giving digestive enzymes made for pets is beneficial to help the pancreas to work more efficiently.
Grains, fat, dairy products and corn tend to make symptoms of IBS/IBD worse. A natural diet without these ingredients is suggested.
There is also something called paralytic ileus where the intestines stop propelling the stool along or the intestines become so stretched that the feces tends to stay in one spot. Adding canned or cooked pumpkin as well as adding more fibre, slippery elm and olive oil to the diet has proven very helpful and corrective.
Canned pumpkin has the added benefit in that it balances the stool- eliminating diarrhea as well as constipation, if present.
There was a case where the symptoms of IBD disappeared in less than 24 hours when a grainless diet was introduced. One person found she was feeding her pet a species-inappropriate food, and when she switched him to a carefully prepared, grainless,raw meat-based diet, all symptoms disappeared. Another person had a dog who had chronic loose smelly stools and who was severely underweight. A gradual switch(switching too fast can lead to digestive upsets)from her canned food and kibble to an all raw diet solved the problem. Ten years later the problem has not returned, the dog is of normal weight and the stool is consistently firm.
If you have apple cider vinegar(this is not apple cider but apple cider vinegar) available to you- you could try spraying it on your dog's paws- full strength. It is non-toxic and very soothing and healing.
Lastly, I don't know if you are able to locate something called marine phytoplankton. It comes in powder or tablet form. It is excellent and was given to a dog who was going downhill fast with numerous health problems. The important thing about giving it is not to give water that contains chlorine because it can form a lethal, cancer causing combination. Give spring or bottled water instead if the water source has been chlorinated.
orian last decade
Many times a pet is lethargic, has allergic responses,diarrhea,etc which the vet tries to deal with as separate problems when the source of all of them is one- candidiasis.Candidiasis can eventually reach the brain, killing the pet.
The diet to eliminate is very similar to the diet for IBS/IBD- eliminating grains, etc. The link below suggest what to give/eliminate from the diet. As well, the grapefruit seed extract they mention has been proven helpful for eliminating candidiasis.GSE is highly potent and very bitter,and always has to be added to food or water.
orian last decade
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orian last decade
orian last decade
my dog didnt have blood in her stool, but first they became very hard then she had diarrhea for a few days and then she passed soft stool (but much less in quantity) and then stopped altogether.
I have started her on nux vom as dr kumar suggested. Thanks, for all that advice too orion. I give her home made food right now - low on spices and salt but high in carbs, protein etc. But I do have to find something with more fibre that she will like. I will look for the things u have told me and will also check on cadidiasis.
Any other suggestions, pls do let me know.
Dr kumar, one question - how long do i continue with nux vom? what abt alumina or ars alb?
induprasad last decade
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