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Post Posted: Feb 26, 2019 9:53 am 
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It seemed to happened so suddenly. From a normal morning to refusing to eat that evening is when "it" hit her. This was the day after having the treats for the first time. We just need to figure out what the "it" is. Ultrasounds are scheduled for today. Will that show her organs, like her pancreas?

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Ultrasounds are scheduled for today. Will that show her organs, like her pancreas?


I found this information relating to Ultrasounds, al. :nerd: Hopefully it applies to dogs, too. :dog:

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Ultrasound is used to create images of soft tissue structures, such as the gallbladder, liver, kidneys, pancreas, bladder, and other organs and parts of the body. Ultrasound can also measure the flow of blood in the arteries to detect blockages. Ultrasound testing is safe and easy to perform.


Anxious to hear the outcome. :dog: :praying: :hugs:

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YES - me too al! Praying for your girl.

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Yes, ultrasound will show soft tissue better than X-ray. Blood tests should show also. So sorry she has to spend the day, hard on her & you.
My info is all really old but some still good. Dr. I worked for suggested not changing food or treats. It will make some dogs sick just from change then it is hard to get their system slowed down. The box is good marketing but won't be best for some animals.
I hope for her to be correctly diagnosed and better very soon.


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It looks like Irritable Bowel Disease. She's spending the night and day tomorrow. They will call us in the morning.

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I am wondering if the peanut butter treats may have inadvertently contained xylitol, an artificial sweetener that is highly toxic to dogs. That might’ve accounted for the sudden onset of Belle’s health issues. I’m glad she is with the vet and praying for her full recovery.


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It looks like Irritable Bowel Disease. She's spending the night and day tomorrow. They will call us in the morning.


Now that is interesting..........I wonder how that is treated? Hoping she gets back to her sweet self soon.

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Oh bummer, IBD :thud:

I'll be interested to hear how VRCC addresses that. It can be controlled but many say it can't be cured. But the good news is that remission is definitely possible.

It is thought to be caused by food allergies. So a complete diet change will probably be at the top of the list.

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I need to edit that to Inflamed, (not Irritable) Bowel Disease.

Bella is having to stay at Sano another night to keep getting fluids and IV meds. We are hopeful for tomorrow.

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Yes IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) are different but often used interchangably or all jumbled up.

But they are quite different, although have some similar symptoms.
IBS can be easily turned around. IBD is very serious and harder to treat but it is manageable.

You have Bella in good hands at Sano or at VRCC. Both are excellent choices.


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She is in great hands at Sano! It is kind of strange that it came on all of a sudden. Plus, she is quite young. Geriatric dogs often develop this (see my avatar, my ild Weim). He was on chicken thighs and rice for the last few years of his life. Praying for Bella’s speedy and complete recovery!


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Since she was a rescue, we don't really know her age. The shelter said they thought about two years old. She had to see a specialist last year at VRCC who said she has eye changes that don't usually present in Boxers until age six.

Steve talked to Dr. Palmini this morning. Bella is much better and eating. She will be ready to come home at 4:00.

From what I've read, IBD is controlled by a balance of diet and medication. The tricky part is finding the right balance. It's possible that she'll reach a point when medication is no longer necessary.

Thanks very much for your support! I started this thread when I was alarmed by ingredients in some of Bark Box's treats. I will read every label on everything they send from now on and let you know about anything questionable. I will also let you know about her treatment and recovery.

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