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IBD Question

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I've been to a number if sites and can't find the answer.

Snickers is 13 years old and we're pretty darn sure has IBD. The Doc wants to open her up and take a look (She always wants to do that).

We're giving hew extra fiber in her diet and she has gone from vomitting 2-3 time a to once a week in the 2 weeks so far.

My question is - is IBD a fatal thing? We really do not want to have her cut open at her age.
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Ack, I lost my first response.

I don't feel that IBD is life-threatening enough to open her up unless she is not eating or eliminating. I would seek the advice of another vet. My male has IBD and we've had great success by changing to a diet with high quality ingredients and supplementing with acidophilus. I get Webber's Naturals Acidophilus with Bifidus, Non-Dairy in the capsule form. I give Max half a capsule a day to help him maintain a normal gut flora. You should be able to find something similar at health food stores, drug stores or Wal-Mart (where I get mine). When Max was really bad, my vet wanted to try anti-biotics. I don't like using them but I trust my vet and decided to try it. He thought that the irritation may have caused an infection. We treated with Amoxil and it cleared the diarrhea up right away. I have been supplementing since then and although his feces sometimes gets soft, he has not had another bout.

Good luck. I know how frustrating it can be.
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