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IBDogs is a support group for owners or caregivers of dogs with a confirmed or veterinarian suspected diagnosis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). IBD is an autoimmune disease that, although cannot be cured, the hope is to get our dogs into remission with proper medicines and diet. Our goal is to help and support members with their journey into this remission. Every member here understands the despair of having a sick dog and their support is like having a humungous group hug during the times when things are not so good, to make you feel better and to let you know you are not alone in your journey.
All suggestions and information provided by members of this list are based on their personal hands on experience in caring for their own IBD dogs. None of the members are veterinarians and of course our suggestions should not be substituted for the advice of your treating professional.
In case you do not know, confirmation of IBD can only be made via path examination of tissue samples/biopsies taken during endoscopy/colonoscopy or abdominal surgery to identify the type of inflammatory cells and sites/severity of the disease. We urge you to undertake these tests if possible. Sometimes financial constraints or the age of a dog prohibits these tests. We can still help and membership will not be excluded if your vet feels your dog most likely has IBD. Your IMS or vet may suspect IBD with the results of blood/fecal testing or imaging such as x-rays/ultrasound. Regrettably, these tests do not confirm IBD.
Unfortunately, this list does not deal with nonspecific, generalized GI problems in dogs. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is not the same as IBD and is not a condition dealt with on this list. If you do not receive this questionnaire within 24 hours, please contact the list owner at IBDogs-owner@yahoogroups.com and a questionnaire will be forwarded to you immediately. We look forward to meeting you and to help your dog feel better.

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  • 935
  • Dogs
  • Mar 14, 2001
  • English

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