Adopting a dog with IBD. What should I expect?
October 9, 2013 6:39 AM Subscribe
We are considering adoption of a dog who was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Seeking advice from people who have experience caring for a dog with IBD.
I am concerned about:
Scavenging. We live in a dense suburban neighborhood with no fenced area. Doggie gets walked 4 times a day. As hard as I try, he grabs mysterious food items off the ground. Sometimes I can pry the food away from him. Scavenged food is bad for IBD maintenance.
Progression of the disease. Can dogs live normal healthy lives with IBD? Or is it a string of crises? Our last dog had a serious heart condition. He lived a long, reasonably comfortable life. But it was costly, time-consuming, and we worried a lot.
We grew attached to this dog before we knew about the IBD. I wonder if we should decline to adopt him.
posted by valannc to pets & animals (8 answers total)
The dog is currently in our care while the owner is travelling on business. 75 lb Lab mix, 3 years old. a lovely gentle boy. He has a loving home, but his owner needs to re-home him due to employment changes.
Doggie was diagnosed with IBD about a year ago. The vet did a surgical biopsy. Dog was losing weight and almost died. Then they stabilized him on a duck diet. He eats Royal Canin duck potato kibble and water only. He is currently healthy with a nice coat and good energy. But he seems to itch and scratch more than most dogs. We spoke with the owner's vet. She gave us data, and said the dog could develop even more allergies in the future.