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11-09-2019 09:08 AM
ahostet I am sorry to hear about your girl, these GI issues are so frustrating and worrisome. Given the fluid retention issue I would get an appointment with an internal medicine specialist as soon as possible and keep working with your vet until you can get in to see one. It is my understanding that one possible cause for fluid retention is if the dog is losing protein form the GI tract (protein losing enteropathy), and the muscle wasting will result. There are a lot of possible causes of chronic diarrhea from pancreatitis to parasites to IBD all of which she should be evaluated for. I agree that an integrative approach is best, getting to the root cause of these issues is imperative not just treating the symptoms and of course proper diet and nutrition are key. Very best to you and your girl. If you have any specific questions feel free to private message me.
11-07-2019 10:01 PM
orconectes Same problems with my 10 yo girl. Any updates from anyone? My vets last shot is enzymes then it’s off to an internal specialist I guess.
11-07-2019 09:08 PM
orconectes Ugh same with my girl. 10 yo female developed diarrhea out of the blue seemingly about 2 1/2 months ago now. Vet has been treating as a pancreas issue. Similar to others in this thread. Just finished the B12 injections. He tried steroids also but she did not handle them well. Newest issue is severe fluid retention in her abdomen. She has lost a lot of muscle. Glad I thought to look here. I will share all I can but have no solution at this point.
10-03-2019 10:27 PM
Harper Hi ahostet! Sounds like exactly what Harper has gone through. My heart goes out to you!! One of the first things our holistic vet did was take Harper off dry kibble. He was on Science Diet z/d. He was pooping water and severely underweight. Our ultimate goal is all human foods, but need to heal the gut first. She has him on Science Diet i/d low fat with pumpkin added in and prescribed Great Saus Coptis (chinese herb) along with meds to reduce acid and meds to help heal the erosion from the acid. We are now adding in cooked chicken and rice. Next will be some veggies, it a longgg process lol. I feel like is there is soooo much I could explain to you. Feel free to private message me. If you want to do some research, our vet practices Tradional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and also integrative med. Very interesting. It's all about treating the problem not just the GI symptoms. Any way I can help please please let me know!
10-03-2019 08:04 AM
ahostet Hi,

My 6 year old vizsla has suffered with GI issues for a year now. Last fall, out of nowhere, he developed diarrhea had a acute pancreatitis. He recovered from the pancreatitis but small bowel diarrhea continued for a long time...he was put on Royal Canine diet low fat food, but that didn't help, we switched to Z/D Hill's and he did ok on that and gained weight but several months later got pancreatitis again. At that point I switched him to homemade food (chicken, potato, green beans) using the vet nutritionist company balanceit. He improved again but still has mild small bowel diarrhea and he is losing weight. He is on Tylan, B12 injection, probiotic. My vet thinks he is not absorbing his food well and he may have IBS. My vet just referred me to an internal medicine specialist who I see on Monday. Can you tell me what your holistic vet recommended, I would like to consult with a holistic vet as well. I am in Georgia. On another note when we switched to homemade food, his alkphos (liver enzyme) which had always been slightly elevated and then was five times above the normal limit returned to normal. It has been a very rough year for my boy and I am so glad to have found this forum. I am hopeful we will get to the bottom of his GI problems and turn this around for good!
10-01-2019 11:47 PM
Harper Just want to add, I drive almost 2hrs one way to see the holistic vet but it's totally worth it!
10-01-2019 11:46 PM
Harper Hello!! We are currently working on the same issue with our vizsla. Our vet had put him on Tylan and B12 injections and Science Diet z/d. The kibble really upset his symptoms to the point where he was pooping water. I had tried to "doctor'" this issue on my own and had his symptoms subside but he still couldn't gain weight. Now we are seeing an integrative holistic vet and he has improved sooooo much. Best advice I can give is find a holistic vet. Seriously has been a game changer for my boy. I feel for you so much because it's heartbreaking to watch them suffer. Please let me know if you have any questions! This forum has also been a huge help and resource for us.
08-29-2019 01:04 PM
texasred I don't have any personal experience with IBD in dogs. Most owners wind up taking their dog to a internist, to get any improvement.
08-29-2019 11:20 AM
Greta Sorry no experience with this.

Wishing you the best of luck getting this resolved.
08-29-2019 05:08 AM
Heidi,MS/AL Am I reading this right: You're giving the Dog steroids for IB?
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