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Looking for treatment and pathogenesis for irritable bowel syndrome in the dog. Dog is 13 years old, Greyhound, presenting with loose watery stools, and bouts of inappetance. On 10mg, oral prednisone for last 14 days sid, on Vegan dry food, mixed with sweet potato, pumpkin, potato mash....stools became normal last 5 days, but beginning Monday started loose then watery stools again, with no appetite...upped prednisone to 20 mg....today (5/22) by tonight appetite back...stools pudding.....David XXXXX, DVM....Looking for long term treatment...better medications....etc.
Yes, she is losing weight. I am a retired Veterinarian, in small animal practice over 40 years. Her blood report from Jan 2012, within normal ranges except Creatine which was 2.0 mg/dl and normal on this lab is 0.5 to 1.8. There is no vomiting. Stool samples have been parasite negative. checked 3 times in last 60 days. Her diet just before the acute onset was Taste of the Wild "Wild Boar" for 4 months...Initially put her on both diets suggested above but no changes even with pred and probiotics....put her on Natural Balance Vegan and saw improvement with Pred and Probiotics...slowly changed to Natural Balance Synergy and relapsed...she is back on Natural Balance Vegan with 20mg pred first 24hours, 10 mg pred twice daily for today 5/23 with added mirtazapine 7.5 mg per day. Appetite has perked and stools are pudding consitency at present. The pattern seems to be this....when good she has formed stools, medication stayed same...pred 10mg once daily...diet slowly moved to synergy (meat based) and she relapsed after 72 hours on total synergy. After 72 hours watery but controlled stool.....3-4 times a day...8 hours later appetite wanes to non existent and she appears depressed...would eat pieces of bread but no normal dog food. Increased pred to 20mg....5/21 and began mirtazapine as dietary stimulant 5/23 a.m. and increased appetite p.m. 5/23 Stools appear pudding consistancy. again no vomiting at any time. Just curious, are you associated with Blue Pearl Veterinary Associates. Thank you, ***** ***** DVM