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DEALING WITH INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE IN AN OLDER DOG.


Jordan stopped eating again, and this time it was the longest she had gone without eating. She had been on her medications since October 3, 2010, but it doesn't seem to be working. I asked for a referral for an ultrasound to be sure she doesn't have anything festering in and around her organs.



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Friday, November 26, 2010
Ultrasound Report

We booked Jordan's ultrasound through The Fraser Valley Animal Emergency Clinic. We were fortunate to get Jordan in on Monday - and we received the results right away. Even though the procedure was about twenty (20) minutes, the time spent waiting felt like eternity!

The doctor came in and gave us the good news about not seeing any growths or tumors, but the disappointing news that we still do not know what medication combo will work for her. He suggested more "aggressive therapy" as the next step. You can imagine the relief I felt when I heard those words!

As we continue to struggle with Jordan's illness to find her some relief, we decided to try her with a different combination of drugs. She is still taking her steroid but instead of her appetite stimlulant, she is on three (3) medications said to protect the stomach and help with motility.

I am having to force feed her now, she is not interested in eating ANYTHING anymore. She is quite cooperative, for now, for her feedings, but I have a feeling it won't last very long. I hope these medications will kick in soon, her tummy starts feeling normal and she realizes that eating isn't such a bad thing. I am not throwing out the possibility that she is just mental - and this is all psychological, but at least now we know that with some time and probably plenty of medication/food trials we can get her back on track.

For the last two (2) days I have been force feeding her rice and chicken. It's soft and easy to feed, most importantly it's bland and good for her tummy. Today I will start to feed her some of her kibble soaked with chicken broth and see if we can get her stools better.

Wish us luck!

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