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Old 05-01-2012, 12:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all! This is my first post on the forum, but I have been lurking around for quite some time, just reading through others' experiences with boxer colitis. Here's our story...

Carly (2.5 years old) first showed signs of colitis just over a year ago. After 3 different vets, countless tests, and a few paychecks, we ended up at a local "animal sanctuary" with a vet on hand who took one look at Carly, listened to her symptoms, and said "I think she has boxer colitis. Let's try these pills!" Baytril - for 2 weeks - and to our amazement, she got better. No more bloody stool, and she began to gain weight. We had her spayed as soon as she was well enough.
A couple of months later, the symptoms returned. Another round of baytril & it was cleared up again.
Again, a few months later she had a "flare up" and the vet put her on baytril again. This time, not much improvement. At the end of the course of meds, stool was still runny. Vet decided it was time for a longer dose of baytril - 8 weeks! We also decided to try a "limited ingredient" diet, Natural Balance venison & sweet potato. We shelled out the cash, and Carly gained weight rapidly- 8 pounds in 2 weeks. However, 7 weeks into the treatment and she's losing again. Back down 4 pounds, and just doesn't act like herself.
My fiancÚ and I have been racking our brains trying to decide why/how/what to do, and we realized that her weight gain was during the time beef was being processed on the farm. Carly was getting a LOT of beef bones with the trimmings still on them. She wasn't showing any signs of upset stomach, so we let her have them - it wasn't until yesterday we began to wonder if the beef (not the pills?) was responsible for her weight gain.

I guess this leads me to my main question- could we supplement her regular diet with high-fat hamburger? We are seriously debating stopping the pills & attempting a raw or semi-raw diet, but I'm not sure how this will work with our other dog or what type of meat would be best to use if not hamburger... Any kind of support or advice would be greatly appreciated. Sifting through all of the information available on the Internet, as well as expenses, and seeing Carly sick has us both at the end of our rope. Thank you for reading my novel, and thanks in advance for any info you can provide!
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Aww, poor girl Sorry you guys are going through this. I'm not familiar with colitis, but if the raw beef bones seemed to help her, then I feel like trying out a completely raw diet might be a good idea. There are a lot of people very knowledgeable about Raw on here, like Kari (2manydogs), and I'm sure they can give you good advice. There was recently a Raw section added to the Food Tips and Diet Info part of the forum. It's hard on the stomach to mix kibble and raw though, so I would avoid that if I were you since she has digestive problems already. Maybe just give a purely raw diet a trial run and seems way better than medicine if it works PS: Welcome to the forum!
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