I caught your dilemma on the other thread. Other then care credit and gofundme, I am not sure what else to suggest. I will mention though, soliciting funds on this site is prohibited (donation is a swear word), so anything would have to go through private messaging and other social media you might belong to.
That aside. I am questioning how the heck you have spent close to 10 grand and your dog is in hospital AND on meds for life.
IBD is a catch all phrase for IDK or WTF is going on with your dosg.
BUT, I might suggest you post what was done to incur these costs incl. diagnostics, blood work incl values, and especially the meds your dog is taking. This may be a HUGE factor....example, meticam causes intestinal bleeding. IS that a med your dog has been on.
What does she eat?
Many here who may be able to turn your dogs health around.
Have you considered a holistic vet or integrative at least.
Split the details up in separate posts.
I want to hear about ALL meds (incl anything not related like flea/HW pesticides)
Totally, GatorBytes. Let me get you the details of her situation including diet and medications and illness. It's a tad long so bare with me as we go through this. She's my first dog and I'm super detailed with her record, she's got 3 binders full of medical issues and 2 notebooks for her daily stool logs.
First of all let me start with her puppyhood. I got her a few months after her birth. A few days after she came home she started having bloody stool. I immediately brought her into her first vet checkup at Banfield and she was said to be in good health, but questioned my girl's calmness, saying that was not normal. I was quite taken aback, the vet never took into account individual energy levels and personality. I never wanted to see that vet again. Eclair was given Panacur. Afterward I went home to spray the whole backyard, frontyard, and garage with bleach solution, just to be sure.
The next month, Eclair was having diarrhea-ish cowpies. I brought her into a different vet that had good reviews on yelp. I also brought a sample for her stool for testing. The tests showed negative for any parasite. Mind you, everytime she goes to the restroom I'm immediately cleaning and spraying the area with a bleach solution once a week. We've already tried the whole chicken and rice feeding. A let me tell you, that didn't work. The unhappy stools kept coming. The next month, I brought in another stool sample but it still wasn't right, and still no parasite in the results. By this time she's been having diarrhea in her crate (she is crate trained by the way) at least 1-2 times per month. And it's been a cleaning nightmare.
I decided to bring her another vet. And I explained my concern, they did a more specific stool test. And lo, they found a positive giardia! They gave her metronidazole and tinidazole.
Then after several months after the medication, we stool sampled to make sure the giardia was gone, and every so often afterwards. Everything looked promising, until she started having unknown causing diarrhea. They tried Albon, panacur again, tylan, amoxicillian, ciprofloxacin, and tinidazole again all within a 6month period. Finally we decided to have Eclair go see an internal medicine specialist to have a endoscopy done.
Results of the endoscopy showed a inflamed small intestine to large intestine, ie. the dog version of Crohn's Disease. It was so inflamed and tender that it bled when the scope bumped into it. So she has IBD. She has since been put onto a regime of buedsonide and an antibiotic, with fiber added to her meals and pre/probiotics. We recently had to switch to prednisone due to a return of her loose stool and decreasing weight.
So this past sunday she regurgitated breakfast and got a fever. Its unusual for her to have regurgitation. I was concerned, cold paws and hot head. I took her into the ER. She's been in the hospital since then. 106.5F fever with no known cause. XRays were taken, blood tests, urine samples, abd fluid sample, ultra sounds, eventually that surgery. Which took out the 12cm of damaged/leaking intestine, unhealthy spleen, and liver biospy for and enlarged liver; plus culture sample from the tissue of the damaged intestines (results haven't come back yet). All this time staying in the hospital getting around the clock care. Basically what scares me the most is not knowing why that intestine started leaking in the first place.
Currently she's on prednisone 10mg qd to bid, metronidazole 500mg bid, denamarin qd, and VSL#3 qd, oh and her non-flavored fiber.
Diet-wise, currently she's on Natural Balance LID Vension dry and wet, with Grandma Lucy Venison. Treats include Whimzees and vension only meats from Primal's lung snaps or Natural Balance LID Vension jerky (to hide her medication in). She's been on this diet since beginning of 2016.
Now let me breakdown the food she has been on: she started on Royal Canin German Shepherd Puppy. Plain chicken and rice. Blue buffalo puppy. Wellness Chicken. Pinnacle Trout. Nutrisource Chicken Rice. Hill's Presciption Z/D. Natural Balance LID Duck Potato. Frozen raw sprinkled on meals or sometimes the freeze dried meals. Since her diagnosis via endoscopy my baby has been put on a single protein diet, no grains. It's been crazy but we are unable to do previous proteins in any of the previously eaten diets. So no more beef, chicken, turkey, duck, white fish, fish in general, and those easy to get proteins.
Phew, now on to the minor details. I use K9 advantage II for extra large dogs. We use it only when it gets hot, so here where we are at, starting around the month of April. And we stop using it in October. I grind her nails and bathe her myself, I use the oatmeal type of shampoo and de-shedding conditioner. Treats she's tried include sweet potato chews, and any type of limited ingredient/no grain treats that have proteins related to her diet like venison scapulas.
I know this is a lot to read, but if I forgot anything.. Please let me know. And yeah, I'm not asking for donations on this site. It's just wrong, I need ideas and advice on how to deal with all the medical bills coming my way. And solutions to her health, I just want my babygirl cared for, healthy and happy.