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From: "joclynatuo"
Date: 2008-07-07 16:33:42 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Diarrhea...again

i agree that ibd may be the issue. it can develop when they have
serious and/or long term infections. the diarrhea will come and go
as they have good periods and then have a bout of the ibd acting up.

dietary changes can help and so can giving carafate.

i normally feed a mix of evo cat and evo dog red bites. they also
get my homemade 'gravy' (made with chicken and turkey mixed). so,
no grains to irritate the system.

when simba was diagnosed, i took everything chicken out of her diet -
so just the red bites kibble for her and i made two batches of
gravy so that one was chicken and one was turkey and would only give
her the turkey.

i also gave her the canned a/d from the vet...yes, that has chicken
in it. it's processed in a way that whatever in the chicken that is
irritating doesn't affect the system negatively.

i also added in yogurt (plain - no flavors or fruit) to the gravy to
help boost the good bacteria in the system. i would add that in
after a course of antibiotics (usually amoxi) so that her system
would get back on track quicker.

other foods i used were the canned evo 95% meat. the rabbit and the
duck. she liked both (was a very picky eater) and the rabbit
especially. and that one brought the result of normal poo (she
hadn't had a completely normal poo in months).

if you get the blood tested, get the specific test for lipase
levels - if they're high, it's very likely that ibd is the issue.

and try the carafate - give it about 20 to 30 minutes before food.
other meds should be spaced out to an hour before or after the
carafate. it coats the stomach, so the other meds wouldn't be
absorbed properly, so you need to space them out.

the evo canned 95% meat comes in cat and dog versions...the rabbit
and the duck are only sold under the dog label. i would get the
large cans (cheaper than the small) and freeze it in ice cube trays
and store the cubes in the freezer. this gave the opportunity to
mix things up with the gravy - or feed the different things
separately, depending on how she was doing.


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