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|10-17-2016, 06:20 AM||#1|
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Champaign, IL USA
HELP! Newly Rescued Yorkie Has IBD
Hi yorkie lovers, I need your help! I just rescued a 7lb 7.5 year old yorkie (who we were told was healthy), and she has IBD (inflammatory bowel disease). We are at a loss of what to feed her. Our vet keeps recommending foods that make her sick, and the vomiting and diarrhea just don't seem to stop!
She is on Tylan antibiotic powder continuously, and I am starting her on Mercola digestive enzymes & complete probiotics, but I feel her diet seriously might be causing her issues.
Any great food recommendations I can get at a pet store? I've heard a few good things on Freshpet....
|10-18-2016, 09:22 AM||#2|
Yorkie mom of 4
Donating YT Member
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: LaPlata, Md
Mine has IBD and I no joke tried every food and nothing completely worked. We went on Royal Canin hypoallergenic small breed prescription food and it's the best thing I ever did. IBD is caused by food allergys so the hypoallergenic food is made with a man made protein that they can't be allergic to.
My babies Joey, Penny ,Ollie & Dixie
Callie Mae, you will forever be in my heart!
|10-19-2016, 09:04 AM||#3|
YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: United Kingdom
I also rescued my yorkie and she, too, had vomiting and diarrhea when I got her. The vet tried every premium food on the market and she just kept vomiting and having diarrhea. I did try the Royal Canin one, but it did not work for her, surprisingly. It might work for your Yorkie though.
I decided to cook for her and one of the members here recommended Ask Ariel - a nutritionist. I did this and the nutritionalist, Susan Blake Davis, told me to give my Yorkie chicken, beans, carrots and rice. This worked extremely well. All the vomiting stopped and so did the diarrhea. However, chicken is something some Yorkies are sensitive to, so it may still be trial and error for you. Susan will be able to help you with this, as she has helped a lot of people.
I have since changed vets and the new vet told me that dogs with digestive issues often do very well on home cooked food and not to try any other dog food, as she is doing well. She still has the occasional upset tummy due, probably, to her eating things she shouldn't on her walks! She can now eat fish, lamb and beef without any problem!
I know that 'Ask Ariel' has some natural treatments for IBS and, if my yorkie still had lots of problems with IBS, I would definitely try to get someone to send me these remedies (I live in the UK).
One thing I thought I would mention is that my veterinery dietitian in the UK told me not to give her any probiotics, as her tummy would probably react negatively to them. I didn't really believe him, I'm afraid, so I tried a good probiotic and (you've guessed it!) she started having diarrhea! My Yorkie is very sensitive, so you may not have the same problems.
I hope you find a solution soon. I know what you are going through and it is so upsetting to see your little Yorkie suffering. If I can be of any further help in any way, you only have to ask.
|10-19-2016, 09:14 AM||#4|
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Florida, USA
My Mandy is a Silky, not a Yorkie but both very similar. She has had a serious bout of IBD to the point of her protein levels being dangerously low. I thought I would lose her. Here is what works for us. After trial and error and a patient vet, she is maintained on Tylan, Metronidazole and Prednisone which we are starting to wean her dosage down. I eventually want to get her off the Metro but the vet says she may be on the Tylan and a very low dose of Pred for life. The Prednisone seemed to be the med that turned things around. I've tried Royal Canin low fat and Hills i/d low fat and it gave her very frequent "doggie farts" (she could clear a room!) The Hills i/d regular is what she is on now. No more "gas" problems and she loves it and she is thriving with it now. I'm not crazy about the ingredients in it but it works so we keep it. She had lost 2 pounds (a lot for a little one) but now is gaining again. Best of all, her protein levels are back to normal range. I understand how scary and frustrating IBD can be and it may be something your Yorkie deals with for life but it is manageable. Best of luck.
Last edited by MandysMom2016; 10-19-2016 at 09:17 AM.
|10-19-2016, 08:59 PM||#6|
Resident Yorkie Nut Donating YT 20K Club Member
Join Date: Sep 2006
I have two pups with IBD. One was on Hill's ZD Ultra for years and did very well. His diet is changed now because he also has renal issues. My other IBD pup is on a home cooked diet.
Sometimes these pups need a course of prednisone. If you cannot seem to get things under control with your general vet, I would suggest a consult with an internal med specialist. You can find one at American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine > Home
A link I like about IBD:
Inflammatory Bowel Disease - Mar Vista Animal Medical Center
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