Dog´s testimony - Buddy Boy IBD Diet and Supplement program
BUDDY'S IBD DIET & SUPPLEMENT REPORT CARD
Almost a year ago I became a two dog household and about eight months ago a three dog household but let me not digress. I brought Buddy Boy, a large Yorkie, home quite unexpectedly after realizing that he was being neglected consistently, fed intermittently and ignored medically and nutritionally.
Unbeknownst to me, he was quite ill but his energy levels, happiness at seeing me come for his walks(I was his dog walker for a period of time), and general affectionate, interested-in-life demeanor were smoke screens for what was eventually diagnosed as IBD.
After I had him a couple of months, his health began to deteriorate and he vomited almost daily while also producing stools full of blood and mucous. It was only then that I remembered that his previous neglectful and abusive owner had asked me what blood in the stool meant. Since I hadn't seen it on any of our walks, I mistakenly dismissed any potential problem. When he started to act ill, refuse food and produce frightening stools, I took him to my vet and she noticed that his stomach always felt mushy and sloshy. I noticed that Buddy was never really comfortable because he always seemed to have an urge to go outside. I suspect the poor fella was cramping on top of feeling nauseous.
I took him to three different veterinarians (including my own of 15 years and a holistic gal) and even a specialist where poor Buddy was prodded and poked, given blood tests, ultrasounds and way too many rounds of antibiotics, anti-motility meds., stomach settling OTC drugs over the next few months and still his symptoms persisted. Without fail, each and every time I tried to stop the antibiotic the diarrhea would return with a vengeance.
It was just about at this time, that I put Buddy's plight on an internet dog chat list and was referred to you for nutritional consultation. I do believe I was starting to realize that all of these drugs were simply band-aids for a much larger problem. After much personal confusion and agonizing because of my own very-set-in-my-ways medical mentality, I knew I had to try something else. I also knew that I was not going to subject Buddy Boy to any invasive tests since three vets quite confidently diagnosed IBD and after much personal research, decided that I could live with that diagnoses for him. Finally, I decided to try the holistic approach because just living with Buddy's agony told me that I really had nothing to lose by trying a different route; and, he just MIGHT (I still wasn't real comfortable with my holistic decision) have everything to gain.
After several consultations with you, I was ready to try a combination of a real food diet (he was on prescription food, what else?), probiotics and digestive enzymes. Even with your urging that I feed raw, I decided on Nature's Variety organic raw medallions (I lightly steamed them which of course, was NOT in your plan) in combo with a very specific outline from you on probiotics and enzymes and amounts, starting very simply and in very small amounts.
I need to tell you that it didn't take long for me to see some wonderful changes in his morning interest in food, his stools and his cessation of vomiting. I was truly thrilled and stunned at how fast I started to see these improvements in Buddy and still see to this day. He has been on this combination of diet and supplements for almost 10 months now and I credit your coaching, the supplements, diet, human love and overall companionship with Buddy's newly found health.
Buddy is still fragile and there is no doubt about this. He is not cured, he is in remission, long-term remission from the horrors of IBD. As long as I, his human, am vigilant, continue following the plan you mapped out for him, continue to give him his probiotics, digestive enzymes, the organic bluegreen body and food based anti-oxidants, I know that Buddy will live out his life almost IBD symptom free.
My gratitude for your tireless counseling OF ME is not measurable. Buddy is now a playful, bundle of energy who never stops being interested in his surroundings and sometimes is even naughty when there is no immediate outlet for his energy!!! What a heart massage this is to see him so vibrant and interested in life because of a diet and supplement plan that will hold him in good stead for the rest of his life.
West Dover, Vermont
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