There is no particular cure for immunoproliferative enteropathy disorder, but it can be controlled if the treatment is started early. The most important treatment option is dietary management with a special intestinal diet, which has all the necessary proteins sources without additives. Your veterinarian will take you and your dog through a course of dietary trials in order to find the foods that are the least disruptive to your dog's system. You will also need to avoid placing your dogs in stressful situations, as an episode of immunoproliferative enteropathy can be set off by stress.
As it is the hyperactive immune response which results in tissue damage and interferes with the normal functions of the intestines, the treatment is mainly aimed at restraining the response and decreasing the inflammation that may be present at the gastrointestinal region.
Prednisone or corticosteroids are useful for suppressing the overactive immune response, and antibiotics may be prescribed for any infections that are found. Your dog's condition will generally start improving in one to two weeks. At the follow-up visit, your veterinarian will assess your dog's response to the dietary changes and drug treatment, and will likely reduce the dose after a month or two in order to alternate day therapy.
It is highly recommended that your dog be neutered in order to avoid breedings, as this disorder is believed to be genetically inherited. It is also preferable that you avoid breeding your dog's parents, as well as any siblings.
The reduction in the amount of resistance the body has to a disease
The animals that a producer has available to them for breeding
The term for an animal that is ready to mate with a male or in estrus
The impairment of nutrient intake into the intestines
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
The digestive tract containing the stomach and intestine
The time period in which a female is receptive to male attention
A condition of the blood in which normal red blood cell counts or hemoglobin are lacking.
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
Wasting away or being excessively weak or thin
A medical condition in which the small intestines are inflamed
A type of protein that can be dissolved in water; found in milk, egg white, certain muscle, blood, and some urine.