Maggie’s IBD lockdown treatment

Davies Veterinary Specialists

Internal Medicine, Pet Owners, Veterinary Professionals

18th June 2020

Inflammatory bowel disease diagnosis for German pointer

Maggie was referred to Davies Veterinary Specialists Internal Medicine team during Covid-19 lockdown.

Internal Medicine Specialist Theresa McCann evaluated Maggie, a nine-year-old German Pointer, via remote consultation for vomiting and diarrhoea. The signs had worsened and on the day of the remote consultation, the dog had become lethargic and blood had been found in her vomit and stools. Theresa was concerned that Maggie may have a bleeding ulcer or tumour and therefore she was seen the same day on site by our Internal Medicine team. An ultrasound scan and an endoscopy didn’t reveal either of these sinister diseases; instead the dog was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), commenced a course of steroids and diet and her clinical signs are now completely controlled.

Maggie’s owner Amanda Cockerill said: “After countless trips to the vets with our Maggie, who has always suffered with what we thought was an over sensitive stomach and digestive system, we were referred to Davies. The initial video consultation was very thorough, and while she was in hospital we were kept fully informed about her progress, the tests and the costs. We now have our old puppy back and could not be happier. I know that if Maggie had not been treated by Davies and received the care she did, she would not be with us right now. Thank you, all of you, especially Eva.”

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“While lockdown has presented us with many new challenges it is of paramount importance that we continue to provide the best possible service for pets,” said Internal Medicine clinician, Eva Buresova. “Being available virtually meant we were able to support primary practices and clients to prioritise and treat patients as quickly and efficiently as possible, while minimising risks to pet owners and veterinary teams during the pandemic.”

For more information on Inflammatory Bowel disease in dogs, click here to read our IBD fact sheet.

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