My six year-old grey has been getting treated for IBD for nearly a month, 20mg of pred twice a day, with tylan powder, eating the Royal Canin hydrolized protein food.
A little background info..... Near the beginning of the year, she had very loose stool and after about six weeks we got her straightened out by feeding turkey and rice, Forti Flora probiotics, and then introducing Pure Vita kibble. She did well until early November, when she began having completely liquid stools. We tried turkey and rice with probiotics again and put her on a round of metronidazole. She had no improvement and began the IBD treatment on December 5th.
She has responded to the pred, tylan, and HP food with minimal improvement in her stools--it's more like thick cake batter now. What really concerns me is her dramatic weight loss. She's always stayed very lean after being off the track for four years, so she didn't have any fat to lose. She has gone from 58lbs to 45lbs in a month and a half, and she looks very close to emaciated. We had a recheck with the vet office yesterday, and I asked to try budesonide instead of the prednisone. The vet insisted that it would be useless to try a less potent drug at this point and referred me to an internal medicine vet. I would really like to try and manage this with diet and medication changes if possible, instead of making her undergo biopsies. And my feeling is that an internist would simply manage her care through diet trials also (though at a higher price point).
Is there anyone out there who has had their hounds on both budesonide and predisone? Which drug did they do better on? And what have been your experiences with an internist? Is it worth the money to go that route, or should I experiment with her diet on my own?
Thank you for any input.