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The biopsies came back and Ty does have the Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The doctor has him on Prednisone for about a month in order to bring the swelling of his small intestine down. He's in good spirits-more like himself-and ate well today, so maybe the medicine is helping. The doctor didn't say anything about diet yet, but he said we'll be in touch throughout the month.

Thanks for the well wishes, advice and support.

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Glad you have a diagnosis! If your vet doesn't use holistic approaches, I strongly recommend that you find one who can supplement what your traditional vet recommends. Many of us have had great results with an integrative approach as opposed to constant dosing with traditional medicines.
 

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I know it's hard to hear Tyler has IBD but now you know why he's such a finicky eater. Hopefully you can get his diet on a track that works well for him. Good to hear he's feeling better.
 

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Glad you have a diagnosis! If your vet doesn't use holistic approaches, I strongly recommend that you find one who can supplement what your traditional vet recommends. Many of us have had great results with an integrative approach as opposed to constant dosing with traditional medicines.
Thanks Maggie. I believe there's a holistic doctor on staff there. I do know one doctor that I used to go to that was Western, but became holistic--he does house calls, but it's a long story--he came to my house to do acupunture on Trevor--my dog who passed. He used Rescue, which Trevor didn't really need (he was 17), but later that night, Trevor threw up, screamed at night, slept all day and I then rushed him to the hospital and we had to put him to sleep the 2 days later. He had brain swelling. Now, I know it's a coincidence--my doctor even told me so, but the trauma of the whole thing--I don't want to use this guy. So, I am doing some research on different ones that aren't too far from me. I'll definitely keep you posted and thank you so much for your help--as I said in my other post!!!

I know it's hard to hear Tyler has IBD but now you know why he's such a finicky eater. Hopefully you can get his diet on a track that works well for him. Good to hear he's feeling better.
Thanks Sherry. Definitely, I don't want him to be in pain or be uncomfortable. I'm glad he did well yesterday too. I started feeding Trissie the Vital Salmon and Whitefish for variety and of course she likes it as she'll eat anything. The surprise was Tyler. At first he didn't try it, but he "stole" a couple of pieces from Trissie and I gave him half and half--I told him "Surf and Turf" and he gobbled it up! I'll continue with that until the doctor discusses the diet. He's just not eating a full portion, but I think that's expected. His stomach has been on and off with illness for about a month--maybe a bit longer.
 

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Sorry to hear that. You might want to PM Joanne maddysmom - she is part of a IBD group and may have some information. She has had some problems logging in. If you do not hear from her. PM me and I will shoot her of an email.
 

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WEll at least you know now. I agree with Walter. Ask Joann, because she did some kind of treatment that I believe cured Lacie.
 

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Sorry to hear that. You might want to PM Joanne maddysmom - she is part of a IBD group and may have some information. She has had some problems logging in. If you do not hear from her. PM me and I will shoot her of an email.
Thanks Walter!!!

Glad you were able to get a definitive diagnosis and that Tyler is eating more than before.

While Tyler is on his steroid medication (Prednisone), he'll be more susceptible to infections. It may be a good idea not to let sickly people around him during this time.

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Thanks Harvey! I'll be sure to keep him away from people who are sick and monitor him.


WEll at least you know now. I agree with Walter. Ask Joann, because she did some kind of treatment that I believe cured Lacie.
Yep-its a relief to know it's something manageable. It's not awful-his stomach aches have been sporadic, which of course are concerning. But, after the inflammation goes down, I'll work with a nutritionist to formulate a diet. Maggie suggested a Holistic doctor-I've been researching those.
 

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For the first ten years of Maggie’s life, my vet treated her for IBS (although never officially diagnosed medically). She was put on a prescription diet and I was very careful about treats. But she would still have bouts of vomiting and diarrhea. While her symptoms were not always caused by a stressor that I could see, she would always have stomach problems when we visited my daughter. It wasn’t until she suffered an Addisonian Crisis (and almost died) in January of 2015 that she was diagnosed with Addison’s Disease. I was told that the symptoms of Addison’s Disease often go undiagnosed because they mimic such ailments as IBD or IBS. I don’t think the vet I was going to at the time had a clue about this condition. In fact, the vet I’m going to now told me it’s very rare and he has not seen many cases of Addison’s Disease in his practice. My theory is that it might actually be more common but not diagnosed as Addison’s. Sad, because it can be confirmed by a simple and inexpensive blood test. I live in a small town and I’m sure the veterinary care available to me is not as sophisticated as the care that is available in larger cities, but I just thought I would mention my experience. I wish I had known enough to ask for the blood test to rule out Addison’s Disease.
 

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For the first ten years of Maggie’s life, my vet treated her for IBS (although never officially diagnosed medically). She was put on a prescription diet and I was very careful about treats. But she would still have bouts of vomiting and diarrhea. While her symptoms were not always caused by a stressor that I could see, she would always have stomach problems when we visited my daughter. It wasn’t until she suffered an Addisonian Crisis (and almost died) in January of 2015 that she was diagnosed with Addison’s Disease. I was told that the symptoms of Addison’s Disease often go undiagnosed because they mimic such ailments as IBD or IBS. I don’t think the vet I was going to at the time had a clue about this condition. In fact, the vet I’m going to now told me it’s very rare and he has not seen many cases of Addison’s Disease in his practice. My theory is that it might actually be more common but not diagnosed as Addison’s. Sad, because it can be confirmed by a simple and inexpensive blood test. I live in a small town and I’m sure the veterinary care available to me is not as sophisticated as the care that is available in larger cities, but I just thought I would mention my experience. I wish I had known enough to ask for the blood test to rule out Addison’s Disease.
Thanks Pat. So sorry Maggie has this. Thanks for sharing your story. I'm very luck. I go to an amazing hospital with amazing vets and specialists of all kinds. They first did an ultrasound and blood test, ruling out signs of cancer and also Addison's. At that time, the internist (not his regular internist) said either a simple case of gastritis, but if it continues could be IBD and we should do the endoscopy. I was to keep a diary of his bouts of diarrhea. Within the month, he had a few more bouts and that's when my internist performed the endoscopy--right away. I feel lucky because his episodes are more sporadic. These last couple of months have been more frequent, which raised the red flag.I just want Tyler to be free of pain in his stomach and discomfort. I'm hoping that now that we have the diagnosis, we can manage it with his diet, so he's comfortable.
 

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I wish he didn't have any issues but it's good to know it's IBS and you can deal with it.
Thanks Brenda--100%. I'm thinking exactly like you. I'm grateful it's something manageable and common and not something more serious!
 

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Thanks Pat. So sorry Maggie has this. Thanks for sharing your story. I'm very luck. I go to an amazing hospital with amazing vets and specialists of all kinds. They first did an ultrasound and blood test, ruling out signs of cancer and also Addison's. At that time, the internist (not his regular internist) said either a simple case of gastritis, but if it continues could be IBD and we should do the endoscopy. I was to keep a diary of his bouts of diarrhea. Within the month, he had a few more bouts and that's when my internist performed the endoscopy--right away. I feel lucky because his episodes are more sporadic. These last couple of months have been more frequent, which raised the red flag.I just want Tyler to be free of pain in his stomach and discomfort. I'm hoping that now that we have the diagnosis, we can manage it with his diet, so he's comfortable.
Kim, you are very lucky to have such a wonderful vet. If I had taken Maggie back to the vet we were seeing, she would have died for sure. Fortunately, I took her to an emergency hospital near Orlando and they diagnosed the Addison's Disease right away. So glad your vet has diagnosed Tyler correctly. I'm sure with your care, he will thrive. These little guys sure can put us through hoops, can't they.
 
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