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    After doing an ultrasound with a specialist our Sophie was diagnosed last Sept with IBS. She was throwing up and eating grass on a regular basis so the vet put her on prednisone and some other meds and also put her on Science Z/D ultra. She has been so much better and we have weaned her off the prednisone but now she has loose stools. She has been on some antibiotics that didn't help and now they have her on Tylosin powder for 5 days but I am seeing little improvement. She has a great appetite and is very active. Just can't get firm stools. Has anyone tried to soy formula of Royal Canin? Any other suggestions?
    Amelia&#39;s pups<br />Ginger born in 1997<br />Sophie born Nov 23, 2006

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    The only thing that worked for my guy is taking him off all commercial pet foods and feeding him a real food diet (fresh, real food for humans). We tried every medication under the sun along with various prescription foods with no success and a downward spiral in health all until he was put on real food. Since then, he finally started to heal his digestive system and he is now normal in that he does not vomit or have bloody diarrhea anymore. It was a slow healing process, taking around 2 years to completely heal, but he is now medication free and no longer suffers any discomfort.

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    She hasn't had any bloody stools yet but like your dog we have tried every kind of medication. What human foods do you give him. We were giving her boiled chicken breast last year but she still would have bouts of the vomiting. Like I said the loose stools are the issue now. She loves eating and seems to feel great.
    Amelia&#39;s pups<br />Ginger born in 1997<br />Sophie born Nov 23, 2006

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    I feed my guy mostly a raw meat diet consisting of beef, pork, raw ground chicken with bone and raw ground turkey with bone. I also add eggs, yogurt, ricotta cheese and canned oily fishes such as sardines, wild pacific salmon and herring. Because he is doing so well, I can now offer him healthy leftovers when we have them. I also include a daily probiotic capsule along with Vitamin E.

    It was a long, slow process to get him to heal, about 2 years or so. A while back, he was on his real food diet but would occasionally have a vomiting episode. When I raw out of his 100% natural chicken jerky strips, he mysteriously stopped his occasional vomiting. By accidentally running out of his treats, I realized they were causing him problems even though they were 100% chicken, but reading the label, there was glycerin added to the strips, for whatever reason, that was the culprit. Since completely stopping the chicken strips and making my own instead, he has not had a vomiting episode since...and that was in about January.

    So now, I do not give him anything commercial..... no kibble, no treats, no snacks. Anything I give him will be human grade normal food such as pieces of meat, cheese, or homemade deydrated snacks.

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    My daughter's 6 year old has had problems with IBD for several years but just got the official diagnosis earlier this year. She's been on prescription food for several years, a couple of different brands. They tried limited ingredient foods, sensitive stomach foods, before going onto prescription foods. The prescription foods improved the situation but she could have no other foods of any sort without having diarrhea- a carrot, a blueberry, a piece of banana, a piece of cooked meat, would all result in diarrhea. They've used metro, tylosin, some milder steroid and then tried prednisone. The prednisone worked but she developed a serious, potentially fatal infection and they had to take her off. Her soft stools punctuated with bouts of diarrhea came back.

    After they had to take her off prednisone and the soft stools returned, her vet finally suggested they try giving her Metamucil. She said it has helped immeasurably and she wishes it had been suggested long before they finally did (and paid for) an ultrasound and colonoscopy and hospitalization for her infection. If you haven't tried Metamucil, you might ask the vet about trying it. I think my daughter's 70 pound dog gets about 4 teaspoons a day at this point and she says there have been no soft or diarrhea stools for 5-6 weeks now. I only suggest it because it's a fairly cheap, easy and non-invasive approach. I hope you find an answer.

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    I will ask my vet about the Metamucil for sure. Does she put it in the food? I gave her a T. of organic canned pumpkin today hoping that might help. The funny thing is she only goes once a day so it isn't chronic diarrhea but more like a pudding consistency. Thanks for the suggestions everyone!
    Amelia&#39;s pups<br />Ginger born in 1997<br />Sophie born Nov 23, 2006

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    She sprinkles it over her food, half in the morning, half in the evening. I think they tried pumpkin without improvement but many people find it helpful. Many folks also use probiotics during and/or after giving antibiotics to help replenish normal gut bacteria. I don't know about using them with IBS, but it's another thing you could ask about.

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