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Old 03-29-2012, 04:19 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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Good source of natural fiber and it firms things up, if you know what i mean. It also makes things orange.

carrots do, too.... make things orange, that is.....

and yes, in humans, IBS is diagnosed by eliminating other possible causes of the stomach issues.... although mucous in the poop is a good indicator of it......
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:01 PM
 
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Default Dog with IBS - treatment option

We have an 11 yr old Alaskan Malamute who was bitten by a tick. The tick bit set off several illnesses with one of those illnesses being IBS. After spending several thousand dollars on test, doctor visit, specialist and medication the doctors finally came to the conclusion that she would have to be put on a steroid to control the IBS. She had lost 15 lbs and continued to have explosive diarrhea, no appetite and an odd smell to her breath. She continued grow weaker by the day. I told the doctor I need a few days to think about the putting her on this medication. He agreed to leave her on the medication she was on for a couple more days. I went to my local Whole Foods and spoke with one of the supplement consultants who recommend putting her on a probiotic and psyllium husk. She recommend Inner-eco because of the strength and the number of strains in the product. I give her 1 tablespoon each morning and evening. I also started her on the psyllium husk. I started by giving her 2 capsule a day and added one capsule every three days until we reached 4 capsules per day. I took her off of the medications the doctors had given her because there did not seem to be any improvement. I immediately started the probiotics and psyllium husk. I am happy to report that within 3 weeks she has her appetite back and no longer has diarrhea. Her BM’s are completely solid like they should be. I was very frank with her doctors and told them what I was going to do. They encouraged me to try it. I truly believe Babe would not be here today if we had not found these products. She now has a healthy appetite and has gained most of her weight back.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:00 AM
 
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Default don't give up

I have a daschund that my daughter rescued. I did not want the dog already having two of my own but I let her keep it. She was in her first year of college at the time and had no money to afford a dog so I knew I would be paying for this dog. The people who were giving her away said that she was about 4 or 5 years old. When the vet came he said that she was over weight had had at least one litter of puppies and was not fixed and her teeth were awful. I had her fixed and teeth cleaned which cost me over $300.00. The vet said that because of how slow she moved and the amount of build up that was on her teeth that she was more likely 8-10 years old and his guess was more like 10. A few months later she got a case of runny, bloody, watery stools. She would whine at night and I had to get up a couple times during the night and take her out in the snow to go, if I didn't it would be in her crate and on her in the morning. I called the vet. He took a stool sample to test for parasites but also noticed a rash on her belly and she had ear infection, so she got a steroid shot and an antibiotic which cost me over another $100.00. The test came back no parasites and the bad stools went away, but only for a few months and then it started again. The first time the vet said if she gets it again we may have to run more tests which will cost a bit. I frankly could not afford it. So this time it was suggested I give her pepto bismal. So I researched on line and found a dosage and that that was ok to do so I did it. The stools returned to normal but in a few months it would happen again. I would treat her again. Then some one told me to give her pumkin and yogurt which would clear up the bad stools, it did but did not stop them from returning. Then it was suggested I put rice in her food which worked for a while but eventually the bloody stools returned. I read on line that you should not feed a dog for 24 hours to give their system a rest then give them rice and boiled chicken for a few days then return to their dog food. Doing this would stop the bad stools but not cure them, they kept returning. The vet one day said maybe it was pancreatitis and to put her on a low fat diet. Did it, did not work. He said that maybe I should put her on a prescription food that was really expensive and when I researched it on line most people said it was garbage, cost alot and did not work so I ruled that out. I read online that with her skin rash and ear infections she could have a food allergy. Put her on a grain free food, did not work. A food rep at my local food store told me to put her on a sensitive stomach food, did that but the bad stools still returned. Then the rep said to try the sensitive grain free food. It didn't work either. So I put her on another lowfat grainfree food yet the bad stools till came back. I was done I didn't have the money to run all the lab tests the vet suggested. I felt sorry for this dog but was at the end of my rope gettig up at nichts when she had it. It had been a year and a half that I have been doing all this to help this dog. My family suggested I give her back to the humane society so that when she got her bad stools she would maybe be there and they would test her and find out what was wrong and fix her or maybe new owners would take her and have the money to fix her when she got the bad stools for them or worst case they put her down and put her out of her misery. I love animals and wanted to help this dog but she was now getting the bad stools every other week, it was killing me. I know this is a long story but I want you to see what I went through for a whole year and a half trying to cure this do so we could keep her. I had wasted so much money on different foods and all the time I spent taking her out at night (now I know many of you are saying, well your daughter should have been doing all this after all it was her dog, but we all know what most 19 year olds are like and I said before when we decided to let her keep the dog, I knew it would be me who would be taking care of it) I was done. Then a friend suggested I go to this small local pet shop and talk to a lady there and see if she could help me. So as a last resort I went there. I told her my story and she said, well you've ruled out all the things I was thinking like pancreatitis and allergies. Then she said she had a cat with IBS and wondered if I had ever done anything for that. I said no, no one ever mentioned that to me. So she sold me a box of Micro Flora Plus probiotic and said try this. She also said that since the dog was older maybe she cannot digest the hard food as good as she use to and to either put her on can food or soak her dry food in water and feed it to her when it is soft. So I kept her on the low fat grainfree food I had her on, I soaked it in water and then at first she told me to give her a dose of the probiotic once in the morning and again with dinner for the first week because it sounds like she may have a bad case then do it only once a day after that. The probiotic is in a capsule and so I opened the capsule and sprinkled it over her softened food as she instructed and have been doing this for the past 4 months and have not had one bad stool episode and I still have the dog. Again I'm sorry for the long story. I posted on here four months ago telling this story and asking for help. I am so grateful for my friend who sent me to that store and to the lady at the store for recommending the probiotic and thinking of IBS. This dog has lost the extra 5 pounds it needed to and runs around now like it is a puppy where as before she slept in her crate almost all day and only came out to go to the bathroom or walk around very slowly. She now runs to her crate when it is feeding time. I hope this posting helps you with your dog.
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Old 01-10-2014, 01:01 PM
 
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Am dealing with recurrent IBS as well. Going to go the probiotic route with my kid and see if it helps clear it up. He looks so pitiful when he's going through it. Want him to be healthy and whole. Thanks for posting your experience Mother of 10.
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Old 01-11-2015, 07:13 AM
 
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Our Shih Tzu has something like IBS and is getting a Chinese herb that helps, but it's nasty tasting and he runs when it's time for it. I've just been researching this. I found that it is sometimes stress related, so I'm starting him on a calming formula we give our other rescue dog, who has global fear. Inflammation can be decreased with curcumin, Omega-3 fatty acids. Pepto Bismol is suggested to coat the lining of the inflammed intestines. Try an unusual protein source -- duck, venison or rabbit. (This diet change can take several months to show signs of improvement). Replace the intestinal flora destroyed by antibiotics with over-the-counter intestinal flora like acidophilus. Canned pumpkin adds fiber and sometimes that helps. I'm going to run all this by our holistic vet before trying it.
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