Integrating Custom Homemade Recipes into Medical Programs for Dogs with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)- AKA, Chronic Enteropathy:
At any age, inflammatory bowel disease or chronic enteropathy, mysteriously, causes the body’s immune system to attack the lining of the stomach, intestines and/or the colon as if the cells were foreign invaders. The weight loss, vomiting, and diarrhea in these dogs can be quite distressing. Decreasing the fat content of the diet reduces inflammation and helps relieve the distressing symptoms.
Healthier Homemade has developed homemade dog food recipes that have a calorie distribution that is considered favorable for inflammatory bowel disease patients, meaning that it has fewer calories from fats.
Many IBD/CE patients are diagnosed with an eosinophilic/plasmacytic type of disease that veterinary specialists attribute to sensitivity to certain meat proteins (chicken, beef, etc.) and recommend diets using “novel proteins” (lamb, duck, venison, etc.). Unfortunately, all novel meats are too high in fat to formulate a quality homemade dog food recipe. Research has shown that low fat content is more important than novelty for successful management of the chronic enteropathy, no matter the type.
Your dog’s diet is only one tool for IBD/CE management, it is not a substitute for a comprehensive veterinary treatment plan. To maintain weight and appetite, IBD/CE patients may still require famotidine, budesonide, prednisone and vitamin B-12 therapy as well as pre and probiotic supplementation. Veterinary supervision is also necessary for successful management as IBD/CE is a progressive condition and may need more medical intervention with time.
No matter what the management program or diet, IBD/CE patients may still experience “treatment breakthroughs” (vomiting/diarrhea) especially during times associated with stress. A veterinarian can recommend “rescue medications” for these instances. Healthier Homemade recipes for IBD/CE may not be appropriate for patients that also have dietary restrictions for other conditions (kidney disease, urinary stones, liver shunts or cancer).
Such low-fat homemade recipes are not appropriate for normal adult dogs, or puppies. Over time, dogs on low fat diets may lose the luster and softness of their fur due to the low-fat content of the diet to manage their disease. We encourage owners of IBD/CE patients to work with their veterinarians to supplement diets (every other to every 3 days) with extra amounts of the soybean oil that is included in the Healthier Homemade program. Soybean oil is the richest oil in the bioavailable essential fatty acids necessary for coat, fur and immune health with the least amount of total fat.
All Personalized Healthier Homemade Dog Food diets for Inflammatory Bowel Disease exceed AAFCO and NRC for all nutrients and meets the NRC minimum requirements for total fat and essential fatty acids.
Each Healthier Homemade Starter Kit includes a nutrition data fact sheet, so owners and their veterinarians can see that all of the required 42 daily essential nutrients are present in meals prepared with our recipes, when used as directed. Commercial prescription diets, especially kibble, may be unappealing. Freshly cooked meals make a difference!