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Old 04-10-2013, 04:09 AM
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I hope your little one gets better soon!! I agree with the bland diet...rice and stove top boiled chicken breast without any seasonings and fat/skin pulled off etc. The darker chicken meat can be a bit rich for their tummies when sick. When my chi was puking and had diarrhea this is what I fed him per my vet. He got into something and had a reaction. We still are not sure what that was. She gave him a shot to stop the vomiting and pink medicine to coat his tummy. Anyway, he drank a bit of pedialtye the 1st night and when he wouldn't drink that anymore I added plain coconut water to his chicken/rice to at least get him hydrated. After his tummy started to settle I also gave him coconut water with a baby dropper that you would use to give a toddler cold medicine. The coconut water really helped with hydration. The vet said if he couldn't keep the chicken and rice diet down to feed him chicken baby food. I didn't have to do that though. Good luck
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:36 AM
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My little dude has IBD. He's on antibiotic (metronidazole) and steroid therapy. It's under control enough now that we are only having to use the Meds about once a week. Pancreatitis can have similar symptoms. Chance is on Hills ZD, prescription diet. And while I hate the prescription diet, it helped in getting him well. He was very sick as you mention your baby is. Lots of vet visits, blood work, etc. We also did vitamin injections at home. The vitamin he was taking escapes my mind right now. We did that for 6 weeks. The combo of Meds and diet I believe saved his life. He would get so dehydrated that we were doing sub q fluids regularly. It was getting very expensive. But the worst part was watching him be so ill, and the fear of his prognosis. Pancreatitis and IBD are treatable. But both can be life threatening without proper treatment. Usually within a few days after start of treatment you should see improvement. I personally would not feed hamburger. It's a greasy meat which will only aggravate either illness. You definitely don't want anything greasy in their diet with pancreatitis. I would get a second opinion ASAP. Please keep us posted. Healing thoughts being sent to your Angel.

Chance's IBD is now under control well enough that I'm slowly trying to get him off the ZD diet. But I'd rather feed that than have a very ill pup. I think soon I'll have him off the ZD completely. He's been on it for going on 2 years.
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:40 AM
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I would not try a bunch of different foods, home remedies, or anything until you know what's going on for sure.
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Hi, thank you all so much for the replies & advice. I'm sorry I haven't posted an update sooner. I had already started Bella on the hamburger and rice (93% lean, boiled and drained). I did ask my vet about the chicken but she said to stick with one protein source and I had already fed her the other. Bella's bowel movements have definitely improved ~ she is still going quite often (4-5x a day) but it is formed now, though still too soft and don't look 'normal'. The new concern I have is a symptom that started today and I have never seen before in any animal ~ her rib cage started contracting and expanding really strange. I just got home from work and I called my husband (he works opposite shifts so he was here with her this morning/afternoon) and he said he saw her do it then, too. What the heck is that??? My vet is closed today but they are open tomorrow. If she starts acting weird I'll bring her to the ER tonight. She seems a little more active today and she definitely still has her appetite, but she's SO skinny and the rib cage thing is freaking me out. Any ideas? PS To answer one question asked, I don't have copies of her bloodwork but I will ask for it when I go back to the vet and let you all know the actual #'s. Thank you again!!
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Old 04-11-2013, 04:42 AM
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Sounds like dry heaving. Like she's nauseous and trying to throw up. I'd stay on top of everything until she's showing significant improvement. Keep us updated. xxx
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