Best Diet for Dog with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
My 13 year old female cocker mix, Molly, has been diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) for most of her life. In spite of the IBD, she continues to act like a puppy some days and I want her to be as good as she can be, for as long as I am blessed with her precious soul.
Some of her hx...she was officially diagnosed with IBD about age 6 by a western medicine vet. She has since been mostly controlled with prescription dog food, S/D ZD, and some limited protein foods - currently Nature's Balance venison and sweet potato. I also keep amoxicillin and centrine on hand for flare-ups.
She is currently doing OK with regards to stools but she remains very thin, coat is poor, and doesn't want to eat much of the time. I recently added l-glutamine 500 mg a day, digestive enzymes and probiotics after much research.
My vet is very traditional and I am just beginning to get a clue about traditional vet care and would love to find a holistic vet but there aren't any in my area...closest is 300 miles!
I have also stopped all vaccines. With all my research I have read a lot about the raw diets. I have recently changed my my cat to a cooked holistic diet mostly just to ease into the change to raw.
My question is...could I put Molly on either a cooked holistic diet or raw diet without causing her harm?
My vet says she needs the hydrolyzed proteins or novelty proteins, so if I tried a homemade or raw diet, I would have to use proteins such as chicken or Turkey that she has of course been exposed to in the first 6 years of her life.
Novelty meats in west Texas are hard to come by and not cheap!!! If leaving her on this LID is what is best for an IBD dog, then I will, but if there is something better I would love to try. I realize not all are created equal but do you think this is worth a try?
I greatly appreciate your expert opinion!
Thank You, Leigh Anne and Molly
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