My beautiful Pembroke Welsh Corgi girl became very ill and was diagnosed with IBD the month before she turned two. My exuberant, rabbit-eared baby, the absolute apple of my eye, became a lethargic, thin girl who walked dispassionately by her pile of toys without a second glance. I mourned what seemed like a puppy lost.
The veterinary gastro-intestinal specialist to whom I was referred after Beatrice’s trip to the ER and subsequent 3-day stay in intensive care, worked with me to stabilize her. After being discharged from the hospital, the doctor prescribed a steroid and a diet of home cooked chicken and potatoes. After a month, Bea was able to keep food down but far from thriving. The doctor said that she was ready to transition to Science Diet I/D Dog Food and almost convinced me that this was the only way to go.
After a negative, gut-level reaction to the idea of feeding my dog something that seemed….well “yucky,” I stumbled onto the world of holistic veterinary practice and bravely changed from veterinary medicine as I knew it to the practice of a holistic vet. I also met with a pet nutritionist, which scored us a referral to Seattle’s Natural Pet Pantry and meeting Randi, who held my hand during the leap of faith that was required to make the transition from steroids and Science Diet to herbs, natural supplements, and raw food.
I am absolutely walking on air to report that my puppy came back to me as bright and beautiful as ever!! Beatrice Ann has been in full remission from IBD for nearly a year after being diagnosed. She is a beautiful, sturdy girl with a luxurious shiny coat, bright eyes, a spunky Corgi smile, and lots and lots of energy.
What seems nothing short of a miracle simply starts with good food.