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EdwardC
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   Posted 1/25/2009 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought that ulcerative colitis was strictly a human disease. I had no idea that it also impacts pets.

http://www.purelypets.com/articles/treatingcolitis.htm

http://ibdcrohns.about.com/cs/ibdincatsdogs/a/ibdcatsdogs.htm

This would suggest that there is something more than gene expression leading to this condition.
Mild pancolitis with some diverticular pockets diagnosed in April '08
Currently on 400 mg Asacol X 6 per day


pb4
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   Posted 1/25/2009 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Yup, cats and dogs can get IBD and cows get jhones disease which is similar to IBD. I don't think it necessarily suggests that there is something more than gene expression (of course who knows for sure) leading to IBD in cats and dogs as well as humans...it is odd though isn't it.

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jujub
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   Posted 1/25/2009 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Dogs, cats, cattle, horses, humans. We're all mammals and therefore susceptible to many of the same diseases and conditions. Animals have genes and inherit diseases as well as eye color, just as humans do, so the simple fact that we get similar things doesn't tell us much at all, IMO.
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mythmoon
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   Posted 1/26/2009 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
There is one theory out there that we actually get UC from eating sick beef.
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[strike]Prednisone 15 mgs/day[/strike]
Prednisone 12.5mgs/day
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pb4
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   Posted 1/26/2009 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, but that wouldn't explain how vegetarians get IBD...the MAP theory has been around for a long time and although there may very well be a link I doubt it's the definite cause.

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Asia
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   Posted 1/26/2009 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Yah, I'm a vegetarian...since birth, so I didn't get it from a cow!
Very interesting that other animals get it too. Poor things...
Environmental factors maybe?
Suffered my whole life before being diagnosed. Very bitter.
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Health Status: In remission for the first time! IBS, Fatigue, Muscle/Joint pain, "Random Attacks"

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Peety
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   Posted 1/26/2009 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
My cat has colitis, which I treated by going with natural, no grain food.
My other one had "hot gut" which made her skin crazy sensitive until I started giving her probiotics. They worked! Oh, she also got accupuncture, and chinese herbs. But I think it was the probiotics that did the trick.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


pb4
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   Posted 1/26/2009 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
A friend of mine has a cat with colitis and she treats it with the same probiotic that I use, infact she was the one that told me about the primadophilus reuteri made by natures way...so in esence, if it wasn't for her cat being sick with colitis I would have never known about the primadophilus reuteri...weird huh.

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EdwardC
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   Posted 1/27/2009 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Peety,

Acupuncture on a cat? smhair And your skin is still intact?
Mild pancolitis with some diverticular pockets diagnosed in April '08
Currently on 400 mg Asacol X 6 per day


love4cats
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   Posted 1/27/2009 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, as pet food gets more and more junky, more and more cats and dogs are getting tummy issues. Many pets do well on a species specific diet such as a raw, prey model based diet.
 
 
Dx:  UC Proctitis 2006 
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence. 
Started Meds:  Apr 9 08 500mg 5ASA (salofalk) to ease flare, tapering, stopped. 
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
 Added: tumeric and probiotics.
 
 

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