Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ike's X-Rays

What's on the inside of a dog? Turns out this:



















Here's Ike's x-rays after swallowing contrast dye. The doctor is trying to determine what is causing Ike's stomach upset and occasional vomiting/regurgitation. Having had Upper GI series with barium myself, my first question was, how are you going to get Ike to drink all that barium? The answer was that she used a syringe to squirt the barium down his throat. I don't think Ike enjoyed that too much, because he came back with barium all over his mouth, neck and legs.  She then took a series of x-rays, every 10 or 15 minutes, following the barium's journey along Ike's digestive track. I love how the intestines look like a plate of spaghetti!
(I have to add that the x-rays aren't cheap--$270. We'd already had another series of x-rays without the barium, and a lot of blood work. There's talk of ultrasounds, scopes, and other procedures which may or may not give us the answer. Even though finances are tight for everyone, taking good care of Ike's health is part of what we signed on for when we adopted him, so I can't complain.)
The good news is that the x-rays didn't show anything significantly wrong with Ike. yay! The bad news is that we still don't have a diagnosis as to what is wrong with Ike. It may be food allergies. May be Inflammatory Bowel Disease. It may be something else. For now, we're trying diet changes and medication for acid reflux. Hopefully soon the mystery will be solved and Ike will be on the mend!

















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21 comments:

  1. Poor Ike. Hope you find the cause soon! Thanks for sharing those xray pics! They're very interesting indeed!
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  2. Hope your doc is able to give you some help soon. It must be so hard not knowing.

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  3. Roxanne @ Champion of My HeartApril 2, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Oh, dear. Poor sweet Ike. Fingers crossed it's something simple like a food intolerance and not full-blown IBS.

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  4. Frankie and ErnieApril 2, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Paws crossed fur IKE... We could call him Eddie Busghetti now... BaaaaWaaah.

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  5. Silas's stomach problems settled down a lot when we got his food allergies sorted out, but he still has a very delicate stomach. I've thought about having more tests done, but since he keeps at a healthy weight my vet feels like I don't need to. When he's having a lot of trouble I find that he does best on three small meals a day.

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  6. Poor baby, we know what your going through
    Lily & Edward

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  7. I hope you get it figured out. That picture is pretty amazing. I have had to drink barium contrast before, and the thought of it makes me want to vomit. Poor Ike.

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  8. I'm glad Silas is doing better. Three small meals a day is a good suggestion, thank you.

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  9. I agree, it's nasty tasting stuff!

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  10. hehehe I told Ike and he likes his new nickname!

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  11. Apparently the treatment for the Inflammatory Bowel involves a lot of steroids, which can bring on other problems. So I'm with you, hoping it doesn't come to that.

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  12. That is the worst part. And trying to decide how far to go in procedures to diagnose. Especially because his vomiting is only once or twice a week, and he seems otherwise fine and comfortable.

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  13. Thanks for the comment Bernie Mac! Ike's spaghetti intestines are quite interesting!

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  14. That is a cool picture! I hope you figure things out and have him feeling better soon!

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  15. Sounds like what we went through with Jack. Diet and meds have really helped him. He's been on prednisone for a few weeks now - slowly weaning him off. high doses had him bouncing off the walls - but I think it's helped. His burping and acid reflux is gone. Hope you get to the bottom of it without breaking the bank.

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  16. This does sound similar to what we went through with Bailey. We also had to have a biopsy done of her stomach, which was quite expensive. They did eventually say it was IBD, but we never had a problem with it again - 6 more years without a problem. I hope you'll luck out like we did!

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  17. Wow. Those x-rays are cool. I am so sorry they haven't found anything, but also relieved it is not something serious. Hoping the change in diet and treating for acid reflux does the trick.

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  18. That is pretty cool to look at. I'm so sorry you are going through this with no answers! How frustrating. Fingers crossed they discover what the issue is. In the meantime, we keep sending good thoughts your way.

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  19. Jan K, Wag N Woof PetsApril 3, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    It must be frustrating to not know what's going on, but it is encouraging to have tests come back that say there are no major issues. I hope the things you are trying will get him feeling better soon.
    Wow, isn't that something with the intestines though...I can't believe how much there is to them.

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  20. Thing about IBD is that the only way to conclusively diagnose it is via biopsy. Which would likely be best done with a scope. Hoping that diet change might do it. Practically, after Jasmine was diagnosed with IBD, diet changes was the main course of treatment which worked quite well. Besides that, she only required metronidazole therapy once or twice a year. We did include some TCVM herbs at the beginning and some other supplements, such as colostrum later on, as well as probiotics and digestive enzymes.

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  21. Not having any answers is so stressful--especially when it requires all that money! My cat has severe bladder issues--my vet says it's the worst case of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disorder she's ever seen--and for a long time, he never got a break for the irritation that most cats only have for a 5-7 day period. We went through all kinds of blood work, x-rays, urine samples to make sure it wasn't something else and they ruled out the really bad stuff, but never gave us any answers, either. It was one of the most stressful pet owner times of my life, but things have cleared up and he's doing great now. I'll keep my fingers crossed that this new treatment plan works for Ike!

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