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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

 

Pictured is Jack a 4 year old Springer Spaniel who has in recent time suffered from recurrent bouts of mainly vomiting and occasionally diarrhoea and losing weight . Jack was admitted to our clinic in Glasnevin recently for a full work up  to try to ascertain what disease process was occurring. Bloods were normal bar a slightly lower than normal total protein level and xrays showed no abnormality so a decision was made to obtain a gastric biopsy as it was felt likely he might have IBD. Fortunately we are able to obtain this biopsy using endoscopy wherby a fibre optic scope (like a mini camera) is passed into the stomach via the oesophagus allowing us to visualise the stomach wall and a number of small biopsies or samples of tissues are obtained. These samples were then sent t o a pathologist for examination.

The samples revealed Jack had IBD, an inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract whose cause is unknown but where genetics and abnormalities of the immune system may play a part. It can be managed using both special diets and certain drugs and whilst it cannot generally be cured it can be controlled.  Thankfully Jack is now doing well  gaining weight and showing no more signs of gastric upset.

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