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A Bowl Of Meat - An Irritable Bowel Disease Success

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What, you may ask, does picture of a bowl of meat have to do with anything??


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I took this picture about 60 minutes ago, after fending off three dogs from eating all of it off the floor. Three dogs. THREE!! Not two! And it was that third dog that had put it on the floor in the first place! It was a miracle!


Because that third dog - our Lilly - has been struggling with intestinal issues ever since she was a puppy. She's always been a picky eater and we've always had to encourage her to eat enough. Even as a 14 week old landshark she was horribly car sick every time we went anywhere. Her issues progressed until she was barely eating, vomiting all the time, having (sometimes explosive) diarrhea, and terrible loud stomach gurgles and squeaks.


We tried a lot of things for the first two years of her life - different drugs, different foods, homecooking, tough love. An ultrasound finally showed that the walls of her intestines were very thick and swollen. A biopsy grabbed during her spay showed the same. We scheduled a consult with a internal specialist and readied ourselves for the cost.


But our vet suggested we might want to give one more thing a try before we headed down the rabbit hole of steroids and high powered immunosuppressant drugs - acupuncture. Acupuncture, we learned, is approved for treating intestinal diseases in humans, so we decided to give it a try. We were referred to a practitioner who was both licensed as a regular vet, and certified in acupuncture and chinese herbal treatments.


Within three of the six initial needle sessions Lilly was already getting better - her stomach noises had subsided, she was no longer car sick at all, and most of her nauseau had disappeared. We also cleared her diet of any trace of chicken, as we discovered she'd developed an intolerance to it through a food trial suggested by our acupucture vet. No chicken in any form is hard in today's market as it's in everything, but with diligent research, we did it. We found a food and limited treats she tolerated and that didn't upset her system. I had to spoon feed her canned food (she refused all kibble) three times a day, but she was eating and finally getting some nutrition from her food.


After the initial needle poking sessions, our acupuncture vet introduced Lilly to a course of several chinese herbal treatments. We continued these for two years with adjustments as she got better, interspersed with "touch up" needle sessions. Lilly continued to improve - no more horrible stomach noises, no more vomiting, no more diarrhea, and eating her food as long as I spoon fed her. Lilly finished her course of treatment last June.


She has continued to improve. Over the last couple months, she has been showing more and more interest in food, and will often come out to the kitchen and insert herself into whatever is going on there - something she never would have done before. She will even eat some food on her own now, and seeing her eating out of her bowl at her place in the kitchen feels like a huge success every time!


Back to the bowl of meat. Lilly counter-surfed it. The whole bowl. She's very tall so she can grab anything off the counter no matter how far it's pushed back - she just has never done it before tonight. Never. Not once. When she went out to the kitchen while I was eating my dinner, I never considered that bowl of meat to be at risk. I was torn between needing to scold and wanting to hug her when I heard that bowl hit the floor! I'd never been so happy to lose a pound of pork shoulder in my life!


This has been long, and if you read this far I'm glad you stuck with me. I just wanted to share how far we've come. There is life after a long hard road!


Lilly in her acupuncturists office

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Chris - Mom to: Felicity (DeLand), and Andi (Braska Pandora)

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That's great! My personal acupuncturist has done wonders for my migraines. Trying to convince him to get pet-certified too. :)

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What a rough road, but you made it! Well done!

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Wow, Lilly this is great news for you!

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Woohoo Lilly! :beatheart

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Wow! What an amazing success!


(I wish I'd known about that option when I almost lost Minnie to IBD 15 years ago.)

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