Severe Inflammatory Bowel Disease HELP
My Vizsla, Moose, is three years old and was diagnosed with Lymphocytic-plasmacytic and Eosinophilic IBD of the stomach, small intestine and large intenstine about six weeks ago. To make a very long, frustrating and complicated story short, Moose has been prescribed many different types of antibiotics, anti-inflammatory meds, immunosuppressants and steroids, none of which have resulted in a lasting improvement in his condition. Most recently Moose was prescribed Imuran and 20mg of Prednisone (2x day) and was improving for the first time until he suddenly had an adverse reaction to one of the meds. This resulted in rapid and extreme weight loss (on top of the weight he had already lost), elevated liver enzymes/mottled liver, labored breathing, etc. The doctors believe the Imuran was most likely the cause of this bad reaction so he has remained on a lower dost of the Predinose and began a med called, Cyclosporine.
Moose has now been on the Cyclosporine and Prednisone for one week and his conditioned has worsened. He loosing large amounts of blood, has severe Proctitis, slowly losing more weight (lost 27 lbs total so far), wearing a diaper at all times (cannot hold any poop) and extremely weak/lethargic. On December 14th we began Prednisone injections instead of pills to rule out the chance that he is not absorbing the oral meds due to the poor condition of his intestines. We are working with Internal Medicine Specialists in the Tampa area but the next step is to get a different opinion at University of FL Vet School.
NOTE-He is eating well (probably due to steroids) and is currently on Royal Canin Selected Protein diet. I contacted Moose's breeder and he assured me that none of his puppies have reported having IBD.
I am extremely worried for Moose's life since he is not responding to any of the meds. Any advice anyone can provide to help my little guy is very much appreciated.
Last edited by MooseMom; 12-16-2017 at 04:05 PM.