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Internist visit

We saw the internist today. I didn't let them do biopsies to rule in or out IBD since that is the main suspect anyway and Sophie has been through more than enough vet procedures. But we are going to treat it as such. The SIBO is a secondary issue to the IBD which is what I was afraid of.

Also could be lymphoma but I really don't think so, it doesn't fit nearly as well and she'd probably be more sick by now. It's very important to get IBD under control though and well managed, the inflammation can cause lymphoma so want to keep it down as much as possible.

We're not going to do much different right now, just see how she does on the Tylosin. We can add in metronidazole again as well as pred if we have to go there. She may be able to eat more foods eventually, depending on if she also has pancreatitis.

She has been so awfully itchy so asked him if it would be safe to use Apoquel on her which was what I was looking forward to as I hear it's a miracle for itchies. But unfortunately he said he hates Apoquel, there hasn't been a lot of testing done on it and he has been seeing a scary amount of dogs on it coming in with cancers. So not sure what to do about these itchies now. Poor Soph!

But I was encouraged that he said she should be able to get back to doing her favorite things again and that many dogs live a long full life with IBD! Am praying she will be one of those who can get by fine on very little meds.
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Believing along with you Dee Dee. Gotta get Sophie to a point where she can go with you and have fun again.
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Hi Dee Dee,
I remembered today was your internist appointment so was glad to see your post about it. From the way she seems to be acting and playing, I agree with you about not making too many changes. She seems to be responding with whatever you're doing. Too bad about the itchies... hopefully you will eventually figure out something with that also. So glad she is acting more like her old self again!!!
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Would Quercetin help with her itches? Usually it is combined with Bromelain.
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It is like a roller coaster and a balancing act combined. It is hard work trying to figure out what is wrong, and hopefully make it better.
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So sorry to hear this Hope Sophie will get better soon, and play with you again like before!

When I read this thread the one thing that comes to my mind is this article that I've found when I'm searching about and article about the dog food, and i've found this I think it will helped you! An article about the dog food for dogs with pancreatitis they have a lot of information there related of the situation of your beloved Sophie.
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day at a time. Hang in there Dee Dee
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I'm glad to see this post as I was hoping for an update on the visit to the internist. More prayers coming that you can get Sophie's problems under control I know you are persistent and a good doggie mom so I have every reason to believe that Sophie will continue to improve under you diligent care! She's such a charmer!
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Pucks, she was on super quercetin for several weeks before her tummy issues and it didn't seem to help so we took her off once she started getting other problems and taking meds and herbs for. She gets NAET treatments for the allergies but to tell you the truth I haven't seen any change and didn't really with my Hallie either. Holistic vet has some things to give her once she's stable again but again I'm sure it wouldn't be a dramatic improvement like apoquel would have been.

That is a great article Hanna! Thanks for the link I learned some new stuff! I agree with them it would sure be nice if someone started making an excellent commercial food for these kinds of problems.

Appreciate the support and advice from you guys! Sophie just had her 4th dose of Tylosin and is still feeling really good, last night when I took her out to potty she suddenly exploded into a whirling, growling flurry of puppy doing zoomies all around me at full speed, and would purposely plow right through her big pile of small plastic balls I put in her kiddie pool, balls flying everywhere. She also is still playing like crazy with her big beach balls. Love this girl.
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It's so good to hear that Sophie is acting her normal self!



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