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Post Posted: Feb 28, 2019 11:07 am 
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Been watching this with hopes of a good outcome, and this is a most welcome update.
Keeping my best thoughts going forward. :love:


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Bella is finally home one week after this all started. She still doesn't feel well, but is accepting food most of the time. She's on Prednisone for nine days, three at a full dose, then weaning off for the next six. For now, she's on very bland food, then we will talk about diet with Dr. Palmini.

The Prednisone is making her drink a lot of water, and urinate gallons. My job for now involves pee pads and washing towels and blankets. That's alright, she's worth it.

So far, I have found five dry dog foods that say they are good for IBD. They range in price from $4 per pound ( 8O ) to $14 per pound ( :thud: ). Any suggestions?

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Bella is finally home one week after this all started. She still doesn't feel well, but is accepting food most of the time. She's on Prednisone for nine days, three at a full dose, then weaning off for the next six. For now, she's on very bland food, then we will talk about diet with Dr. Palmini.

So far, I have found five dry dog foods that say they are good for IBD. They range in price from $4 per pound ( 8O ) to $14 per pound ( :thud: ). Any suggestions?


Cook for her, its a little time consuming, but you know what she's getting. There are recipes online and you can purchase the basic vitamin and mineral additions that you cant duplicate in just food alone.
I did this for Little Billie in her last months when she wouldn't eat anything except deli ham which was not a healthy sustainable diet.


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So glad she is home!!! It may take some time for her to feel better. How can anyone feel good on prednisone (ugh). But once she is off of that she should start to feel better.

I got nothing for ya re commercial foods. I hope others will have some recommendations for you. Or go to Busters and talk with them. Nancy (and others there) have a very good understanding of the various dog foods & treats. They carry a huge range of dog foods to fit different people's budgets and situations.

It may be necessary to start her onto a limited ingredient and novelty protein (rabbit, kangaroo, venison etc.) diet for awhile anyway. From what I know, the best way to put IBD into remission is to eliminate all foods & treats that she has been eating and start with all new ingredients (not new brands necessarily but new sources of protein and carbs/fiber). This must be done slowly, of course.

Personally, I prefer to prepare my dog's meals from scratch. He gets both cooked and raw ingredients. It's a lot of time/effort but it's a labor of love and brings me great satisfaction and comfort knowing he is eating the best food I can afford. I enjoy cooking anyway so for me it is the best choice.

Lots of vets (including Dr Palmini) discourages home made foods because you have to know more about nutrition than the average person. But it's not hard to learn. Obviously unprocessed and fresh foods is much better for our dogs than a processed dried or canned food that has a shelf life of years.

There are some commercial "fresh" foods available now. Lots of choices available at Busters. I've not used any of them so I do not have a recommendation.

However, here's some commercial treats that I trust and give to my dog:
Choppers by Red Barn (dehydrated beef lungs)
Papa Tatonka (bison treats)
Lamb Tripe by K9 Naturals
Venture's Rabbit (dried dog food) as a treat.

Good luck in nursing Bella back to health. Please keep us updated.


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Poor sweet Bella. :crying: It's enough to break your heart. :love: :love: :love:

Al, I sent you a PM that might be helpful.

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We are glad that Bella is home. What a sweetheart, as are Lisa and Steve. Continuing thoughts for her recovery.

Nancy at Buster’s is extremely knowledgeable. And you can cook for her, it is a bit of a pain but she is your girl. Keep us posted.


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Much better. When she first came home, we could see her spine and feel her skull bones. Now that she's eating and drinking, she's fleshed back out. It's obvious she feels better.

Thanks for asking!

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:multi: That's great that she is feeling better.
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